Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas, coupled with sea-based wind energy potential CoCoNET
Marine Protected Area (MPAs) in Mediterranean and Black Sea
Cystoseira barbata forest (Photo: Luisa Mangialajo)
Marine protected areas; Mediterranean Sea; Black Sea; windfarms; management
CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Italy
Luisa Mangialajo, Lorraine Bottin (Associate Partners at ECOMERS)

Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare, Italy

3E N.V., Belgium

University of the Aegean-Research Unit, Greece

CLU srl, Italy

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

Coispa Tecnologia & Ricerca SCARL, Italy

Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark

Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Pentru Geologie Si Geoecologie Marina-Geomar, Romania

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece

Institut Po Bioraznoobrazie I Ekosistemni Izsledvaniya Balgarska Akademiya Na Naukite, Bulgaria

Instituto Espagnol De Oceanografia, Spain

Universidad de Cantabria, Spain

Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie, Tunisia

Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Marina Grigore Antipa, Romania

Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Limited, Israel

Istanbul University, Turkey

Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Marine Hydrophysical Institute, Ukrainian National Academy Of Sciences, Ukraine

Naturebureau Limited, United Kingdom

The National Environmental Agency, Georgia

Nenuphar SARL, France

Stiftelsen Nansen Senter for Miljoog Fjernmaling, Norway

University Mohammed V-Agdal, Morocco

Odessa Branch Institute of Biology of Southerns Seas National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Ukraine

P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

University of Zadar, Croatia

Fondacioni Zoja E Keshillit Te Mire, Albania

Universita Ta Malta, Malta

Javna Ustanova Univerzitet Crne Gore Podgorica, Montenegro

Universitaet Rostock, Germany,

Sofiiski Universitet Sveti Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria,

Université du Sud Toulon Var, France

Institute of Oceanology - Bulgarian Academy Of Sciences, Bulgaria

Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of The Sea, Ukraine

A.O. Kovalevskiy Institute of Biology of Southern Seas, Ukraine

Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Russia

Sinop University*Sinop Fisheries Faculty SNU FF, Turkey

European Union's Research and Innovation funding programme (FP7-KBBE)

Total cost: EUR 11 323 365,68

EU contribution: EUR 9 000 000

50000€ to ECOMERS


February 1st 2012 – January 31th 2016

  • Marine Protected Areas in Adriatic and Black Seas are managed individually, despite their potential connectivity. The project COCONET aims at identifying groups of putatively interconnected MPAs in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, shifting from local (single MPA) to regional (Networks of MPAs) and basin (network of networks) scales.
  • The researchers of the ECOMERS laboratory are mostly involved in the connectivity and conservation of marine forests. The genetic connectivity of Cystoseira barbata is investigated in both pilot project sites (Adriatic and Black Seas) as much as the recovery potential of Cystoseira forests that have been lost due to the destructive fishing of date mussels (Lithophaga lithophaga) and the overgrazing of sea urchins.
  • The project will produce guidelines to design, manage and monitor networks of MPAs, and an enriched wind atlas for both the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
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