"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."
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"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.
" On the eve of the Ministerial Conference on Mediterranean Fisheries (Malta, 29-30 March 2017) Greenpeace in Croatia, NAŠ Jadran, Ad Adriaticum, BIOM, Clean Adriatic Sea Alliance, Eco Hvar, Udruga Održivi Otok, and Udruga Zdravi Grad urge Minister Tomislav Tolušić to promote the full protection of the Jabuka Pit from bottom trawling and set longliners.
"Want to be part of a pioneer research project to study fin whales’ remarkable presence near Barcelona’s coast?
Interested in joining a scientific campaign while you enjoy seeing many other cetacean species and seabirds in Mediterranean waters?
For Collective Change in the Area of Coastal and Marine Conservation
A TWO-YEAR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR MPA PRACTITIONERS FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN
Starting in June 2017
The program is managed by WWF Mediterranean and is co-funded by the MAVA Foundation, the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) and the European Union.
Via BBC News
"A scientist has filmed the moment plastic microfibre is ingested by plankton, illustrating how the material is affecting life beneath the waves. The footage shows one way that waste plastic could be entering the marine and global food chain."
"Rare marine plant formations, nesting migratory birds, two uninhabited islands with beautiful sandy beaches. This might seem like a safe place for a rare species of turtle to nest, but Kuriat Islands in Tunisia are swamped every summer by thousands of tourists. Even local artisanal fishermen who frequent the islands can be unaware of their importance for the loggerhead sea turtle – the only place in Tunisia where this Endangered species nests, and the most important in the southern Mediterranean.