Scientia Marina, Vol 80, No 3 (2016)

The Barcelona agreement: a manifesto towards the spearfishing of the future

Valerio Sbragaglia
Department of Marine Renewable Resources, Institut de Ciències del Mar, CSIC , Spain

Oscar Sagué Pla
International Forum for Sustainable Underwater Activities (IFSUA) , Spain

Ana Gordoa
Department of Marine Ecology, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes, CSIC , Spain

Sergi Pérez Hernández
Spanish Federation of Underwater Activities (FEDAS) , Spain

Lydia Chaparro Elias
Fundation ENT , Spain

Mauricio Pulido
Mediterranean Platform of Artisanal Fishers (MEDARTNET) , Spain

Roberto Terol Ruiz
International Forum for Sustainable Underwater Activities (IFSUA) , Spain

Vincent Giroud
Spearfishing Association of Barcelona (APS) , Spain


The Spearfishing Association of Barcelona (APS) recently celebrated its 70th anniversary and decided to write a manifesto called: “The Barcelona Agreement: A Manifesto Towards the Spearfishing of the Future”. The Manifesto was discussed and approved during a round table at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona on 27 February 2016, in which delegates of several stakeholders took part. The Agreement is a revision of the most important points that the authors consider to be fundamental for a sustainable development of spearfishing in the future. The authors expect that this manifesto will be a starting point for a constructive discussion to increase knowledge, efficient practice and effective management of spearfishing.


spearfishing; sustainable; regulation; impact

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