The Mediterranean fishery management: A call for shifting the current paradigm from duplication to synergy

Type Article
Date 2021-09
Language English
Author(s) Cardinale Massimiliano1, Colloca Francesco2, Bonanno Angelo3, Scarcella Giuseppe6, Arneri EnricoORCID6, Jadaud Angelique16, Saraux Claire9, Aronica Salvatore3, Genovese Simona3, Barra MarcoORCID4, Basilone Gualtiero3, Angelini Silvia6, Falsone Fabio5, Gancitano Vita5, Santojanni Alberto6, Fiorentino Fabio5, Milisenda Giacomo8, Murenu Matteo15, Russo Tommaso7, Carpi Piera10, Guijarro Beatriz12, Gil José Luis Pérez11, González Marcelo11, Torres Pedro11, Giráldez Ana11, García Cristina11, Esteban Antonio14, García Encarnación14, Vivas Miguel14, Massutí Enric12, Ordines Francesc12, Quetglas Antoni12, Herrera Juan Gil13
Affiliation(s) 1 : Department of Aquatic Resources, Institute of Marine Research, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Turistgatan 5, 453 30 Lysekil, Sweden
2 : Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Department of Integrative Ecology, via Po 25c., 00198 Rome, Italy
3 : Istituto per lo studio degli impatti Antropici e Sostenibilità in ambiente marino (IAS), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), SS of Capo Granitola, Campobello di Mazara, TP, Italy
4 : Istituto di Scienze Marine (ISMAR), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) SS of Naples, Italy
5 : Istituto per le Risorse Biologiche e le Biotecnologie Marine (IRBIM), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Mazara del Vallo, TP, Italy
6 : Istituto per le Risorse Biologiche e le Biotecnologie Marine (IRBIM), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Ancona, AN, Italy
7 : Laboratory of Experimental Ecology and Aquaculture, Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, via Cracovia 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
8 : Stazione zoologica Anton Dohrn, Integrative Marine Ecology, Lungomare Cristoforo Colombo, 90149 Palermo, Italy
9 : Université de Strasbourg, CNRS, IPHC, UMR 7178 Strasbourg, France
10 : International Pacific Halibut Commission, 2320 West Commodore Way, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98199-1287, USA
11 : Centro Oceanográfico de Málaga (IEO, CSIC), Puerto Pesquero s/n Fuengirola, 29640 Málaga, Spain
12 : Centre Oceanogràfic de Balears (IEO, CSIC), Moll de Ponent s/n, 07015 Palma, Spain
13 : Centro Oceanográfico de Cádiz (IEO, CSIC), Muelle de Levante s/n, Puerto Pesquero, 11006 Cádiz, Spain
14 : Centro Oceanográfico de Murcia (IEO, CSIC), Varadero, 1, San Pedro del Pinatar, 30740 Murcia, Spain
15 : Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell'Ambiente, Università di Cagliari, Italy
16 : MARBEC, Univ Montpellier, CNRS, Ifremer, IRD, Sète, France
Source Marine Policy (0308-597X) (Elsevier BV), 2021-09 , Vol. 131 , P. 104612 (4p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104612
WOS© Times Cited 2
Keyword(s) Mediterranean fisheries management, GFCM, STECF, CFP

Independence of science and best available science are fundamental pillars of the UN-FAO code of conduct for responsible fisheries and are also applied to the European Union (EU) Common Fishery Policy (CFP), with the overarching objective being the sustainable exploitation of the fisheries resources. CFP is developed by DG MARE, the department of the European Commission responsible for EU policy on maritime affairs and fisheries, which has the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) as consultant body. In the Mediterranean and Black Sea, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (FAO-GFCM), with its own Scientific Advisory Committee on Fisheries (GFCM-SAC), plays a critical role in fisheries governance, having the authority to adopt binding recommendations for fisheries conservation and management. During the last years, advice on the status of the main stocks in the Mediterranean and Black Sea has been provided both by GFCM-SAC and EU-STECF, often without a clear coordination and a lack of shared rules and practices. This has led in the past to: i) duplications of the advice on the status of the stocks thus adding confusion in the management process and, ii) a continuous managers’ interference in the scientific process by DG MARE officials hindering its transparency and independence. Thus, it is imperative that this stalemate is rapidly resolved and that the free role of science in Mediterranean fisheries assessment and management is urgently restored to assure the sustainable exploitation of Mediterranean marine resources in the future.

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Cardinale Massimiliano, Colloca Francesco, Bonanno Angelo, Scarcella Giuseppe, Arneri Enrico, Jadaud Angelique, Saraux Claire, Aronica Salvatore, Genovese Simona, Barra Marco, Basilone Gualtiero, Angelini Silvia, Falsone Fabio, Gancitano Vita, Santojanni Alberto, Fiorentino Fabio, Milisenda Giacomo, Murenu Matteo, Russo Tommaso, Carpi Piera, Guijarro Beatriz, Gil José Luis Pérez, González Marcelo, Torres Pedro, Giráldez Ana, García Cristina, Esteban Antonio, García Encarnación, Vivas Miguel, Massutí Enric, Ordines Francesc, Quetglas Antoni, Herrera Juan Gil (2021). The Mediterranean fishery management: A call for shifting the current paradigm from duplication to synergy. Marine Policy, 131, 104612 (4p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :