A wide variety of fishing gears and practices is used in the Mediterranean, and fisheries are essentially multi-species in nature, characterized by great diversity due to the different environmental, oceanographic, cultural and socio-economic conditions which occur in the Mediterranean basin (eg Stergiou et al. 1997, Papaconstantinou & Farugio 2000, Tsikliras et al. 2015).

Recent surveys have shown that most of the Mediterranean fish stocks are overexploited, while also fishing exploitation is rising (eg Colloca et al. 2013, Vasilakopoulos et al. 2014, Tsikliras et al. 2015). Therefore the need to implement effective management measures is of outmost importance.

Fisheries management is, traditionally, focused on Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) for target species, estimated through dynamic population models (Agardy 2006) which are used for the definition of technical management measures (e.g. minimum size / age catches, quotas, restrictions on the number of vessels, space-time constraints), while only rarely ecosystem processes are taken into account (Skern-Mauritzen et al. 2016).

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) comprise a promising tool for the maintenance/ management of marine ecosystems since, by attempting to protect biodiversity and enhance fisheries, management measures are combined with ecosystem processes (Agardy & Staub 2006, and references therein). However, both their effectiveness and contribution need to be assessed.

Within this framework, a research project was designed entitled: «Towards the establishment of Marine Protected Area Networks in the Eastern Mediterranean -PROTOMEDEA» aiming to propose an MPA network that meets MSY objectives as these are defined by the Common Fisheries Policy.

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PROTOMEDEA stands for "Towards the establishment of Marine Protected Area Networks in the Eastern Mediterranean"

The project will be running for 36 months, from December 2015 to November 2018

and the level of funding amounts to EUR 600.000.