SaFENet - Sustainable Fisheries in EU Mediterranean waters through network of MPAs
Artisanal fishing at Portofino MPA (Italy). Photo by Valentina Cappanera.
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marine protected areas; sustainable fisheries; Mediterranean Sea; maximum sustainable yield
USR 3278 CNRS-EPHE CRIOBE, University of Perpignan, Perpignan, France
Paolo Guidetti & Antonio Di Franco (at ECOMERS)

FRE 3729 ECOMERS. CNRS-Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France

CIBM - Consorzio per il Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata, Livorno, Italy

Ecopath International Initiative Research Association, Barcelona, Spain

POLITECNICO DI MILANO – Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Milan, Italy

WWF Italy, Rome, Italy

University of Girona, Girona, Spain

COISPA, Bari, Italy

Overall funding 562,432€ (ECOMERS 75,000 €)


December 17th 2015 – December 17th 2018

  • A considerable number of Mediterranean fish stock are overexploited and different types of area-based conservation measures (e.g. marine protected areas, MPAs) have been established to provide benefits both in terms of stock conservation and fisheries enhancement.
  • The general objective of the project is to identify coherent network(s) of MPAs and other area-based fisheries management measures (e.g. temporary closures) that can help achieve fisheries maximum sustainable yield (MSY) and maximize over the long-term socio-economic benefits for the stakeholders in the north-western Mediterranean Sea. To do so we will combine existing information with new field data collected in a relevant number of case studies in order to perform both ecosystem-based and bio-economic modelling
  • Project findings will be key to achieve 1) good environmental status (GES; representing the main goal of Marine Strategy Framework Directive, MSFD) and 2) environmental, economic and social sustainability of fisheries (as dictated by Common Fisheries Policy, CFP).
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