Scientific Cooperation to Support Responsible Fisheries in the Adriatic Sea

 


FAO-AdriaMed Technical Consultation on Adriatic Sea Small-Scale Fisheries

EVENTS & NEWS
(Split, Croatia 14th-15th October 2003)

Aims
Background
Venue
Agenda
 
 
Aims

The AdriaMed Technical Consultation on Sea Small-Scale Fisheries was reviewed current knowledge on this key sector of Adriatic fisheries, identifying needs and priorities as well as providing the basis for cooperative future work either within AdriaMed or other contexts. Species whose stocks are shared and small scale fishing gears exploiting these species were dealt with in particular. National Reports for each AdriaMed country were presented. Working papers on specific aspects of Adriatic small scale fisheries were also be discussed.

 
Background

Small-scale fisheries worldwide account for a substantial part of fish production and are very relevant for their social, economic and ecological implications (the term small-scale fishery is indicatively and incompletely intended to refer to the fishing activity carried out using fishing crafts of less than 10-12 m LOA). In the Adriatic Sea it is thought that in number small-scale fishing vessels make up about 70 % of the total registered regional fishing fleet. Small-scale fisheries contribute significantly to the overall fishery production, however, in contrast to industrial fisheries, this sector is relatively less well documented and investigated, as well as being difficult to monitor (e.g. landing points are many and scattered along the coast, fishing activity can be irregular, multiplicity of gear and of exploited resources, etc.).

Various references are made in the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries to small-scale, artisanal fishing practices; in particular these are addressed under Article 12.12, which underlines the need for research on small-scale fisheries because of their possible bearing on sustainable fisheries. Many Adriatic species whose stocks are shared are also exploited by small-scale fisheries either regularly or during specific phases of their life-cycle. To date, the FAO-AdriaMed Project has mostly focused on large-scale commercial fisheries, however, in consideration of the relevance of small scale fisheries, at the last AdriaMed Coordination Committee meeting (Split, Croatia, December 2002) it was agreed to establish a network of regional experts. In accordance AdriaMed has planned the Technical Consultation on Adriatic Sea Small-Scale Fisheries.

 
Venue

Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Split, Croatia.

 

 

 

FAO-AdriaMed project  - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
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