"Malta, 31 May 2017 – Representatives of European Member States, the European Commission marine specialists and stakeholders convened with IUCN and the Environment & Resources Authority - on behalf of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU - to discuss the protection of European seas and oceans and to share first hand experiences of the opportunities and challenges of protecting Europe’s marine environment.
News and Updates
"New analysis of previous studies shows that biomass of whole fish assemblages in marine reserves is, on average, 670 percent greater than in adjacent unprotected areas, and 343 percent greater than in 15 partially-protected marine protected areas (MPAs), according to an essay published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science.
"A new scientific paper, spearheaded by our Head of Conservation, Iván Ramírez, has been published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Marine Policy’. This study summarises the latest country-by-country and species-specific analyses of the EU’s marine SPA (Special Protection Areas) network and offers critical new insights into how well Europe is protecting its seabirds.
"MADRID — Scientists from Oceana, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, and the University of Bari (Italy) have described and listed the biodiversity associated to a bamboo coral (Isidella elongata) forest for the first time. The colony was found in the Mallorca Channel at a depth of over 400 meters and contains an impressive density of colonies of this species of gorgonian, which is critically endangered with extinction in the Mediterranean.
"Zafer Kizilkaya has been awarded the 2017 Whitley Gold Award for his continued efforts in creating and monitoring marine protected zones off Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline
"Marine protected areas (MPAs) can be a powerful tool to protect, and possibly restore, the ability of ecosystems to provide benefits to people including food, oxygen, economic opportunities, recreation, and cultural value. However, heavy uses of the ocean are eroding these benefits, sometimes at alarming rates. Globally, there are thousands of MPAs, though their collective area is small. There are many terms for MPAs, reflecting different levels of protection, history, governance, management authority, and more.
"Mediterranean countries have embarked since 1975, through the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols, on a series of cooperative, coordinative and mutual assisted processes aimed at protecting the Mediterranean, conserving its biological diversity and combating pollution."
"Today the European Commission launches a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region.
The region covers economic hubs like Barcelona, Marseille, Naples and Tunis. It also includes tourist destinations like the Balearic Islands, Sicily and Corsica.
"Some 93 percent of researched fish stocks in the Mediterranean are overexploited, the EU's Joint Research Centre says. It also says more than a third of the sea's total fish population has vanished in the past 50 years."
Following months of negotiations, the European Commission has secured today a 10-year pledge to save the Mediterranean fish stocks and protect the region's ecological and economic wealth.