FishMPABlue 2 Plus

Fishing governance in MPAs: potentialities for Blue Economy 2 Plus

Project presentation

“FishMPABlue2 Plus” project is the follow-up of FishMPABlue2 and previously of FishMPABlue, which identified a set of governance measures (“FishMPABlue2 SSF governance toolkit”) that can allow marine protected areas (MPAs) to achieve conservation goals while at the same time delivering socio-economic benefits to small scale fisheries. FishMPABlue2 tested such a toolkit (i.e. by implementing these measures), on the field in 11 Pilot MPAs located in 6 Med countries (Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece), to assess and quantify its effectiveness in achieving expected results in terms of MPA ecological effectiveness, benefits delivered to small scale fisheries and social acceptance of management measures by stakeholders.

FishMPABlue 2 Plus, aims to transfer the governance toolbox approach to 11 new Mediterranean MPA from 5 countries: Secche di Tor Paterno MPA (Italy); Secche della Meloria MPA (Italy); Regno di Nettuno MPA (Italy); Pequerolle marine reserve (France); Cap d'Ail marine reserve; Lastovo MPA (Croatia); Velebit Channel Marine Reserve (Croatia); Karaburun- Sazan MPA (Albania); Butrint National Park (Albania); Samaria MPA (Greece); Pelagos Sanctuary (Italy-Monaco-France).


  • Lead partner

    Federparchi – Europarc Italy (Italy)

  • 5 Partners

  • 12 Associated partners

  • 11 Pilot sites

  • 5 Countries

Key messages

For managers

    • The three key components of a governance system based on co-management principles for sustainable management of small-scale fisheries are:

      • the existence of a SSF management plan;
      • the establishment of an effective enforcement system;
      • the engagement of fishers in the MPA-related SSF governance

    For policy

    • Involve small-scale fishers in the MPA establishing process, especially for zoning and SSF regulation;

    • Provide MPAs adequate resources for enforcement and monitoring;

    • Integrate conservation and development as well as with other forms of marine environment management, such as FRAs, etc.

    For science

    • Integrate environmental and socio-economic monitoring methods;

    • Involve fishers in data collection;

    • Establish stable and permanent monitoring systems.

    Library resources


    WP3 Testing - Scientific assessment of the effect of governance toolkit implementation

    FishMPABlue2 project aimed to test a Small Scale Fisheries (SSF) governance-relatedtoolkit and quantify its effectiveness in achieving expected results in terms ofecological and economic benefits, and social acceptance of management measuresby stakeholders (mainly small scale fishers). The governance toolkit drafted duringFishMPABlue1 project listed a set of governance-related measures identified as keyfactors for the successful management of SSF within and around Marine ProtectedAreas (MPAs).
    Size: 5.85 MB

    SSF Governance Toolkit

    A Governance Toolkit for managing Small-Scale Fisheries in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas.
    Size: 23.28 KB