Scientia Marina, Vol 78, No S1 (2014)

Critical assessment of the current understanding/ knowledge of the framework of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Seas

Paolo Sartor
CIBM Consorzio per il Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata , Italy

Francesco Colloca
CNR-IAMC Istituto per l’Ambiente Marino Costiero, Sede di Mazara del Vallo , Italy

Christos Maravelias
HCMR Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biological Resources , Greece

Francesc Maynou
Institut de Ciències del Mar, CSIC , Spain


A critical review was carried out involving experts from 17 countries, to identify, summarize and evaluate the current understanding related to the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries management (EAF) in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The existing information available at country level, coming from research and monitoring projects and other types of activities, was explored. The evaluation was done following a standardized protocol and using simple semi-quantitative methods. The results highlighted an overall low-medium degree of fulfilment of the requirements of the EAF, with some differences related to the different issues considered. The highest scores were reported for the knowledge related to fleet structure/ behaviour and species/habitat distribution, whereas the lowest scores were reported for modelling, and socio-economic and management issues. Although only semi-quantitative, these results provided an initial picture at a broad regional level on the state of knowledge with a view to a proper implementation of the EAF in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and identified gaps in scientific knowledge that should be covered.


ecosystem approach; management; fisheries; Mediterranean; Black Sea

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