The author is indebted to many people who have kindly contributed to this article with documents or other kinds of valuable information, as well as simply sharing their points of view on different aspects.
Special thanks go to: Juan Antonio Camiñas, Instituto Español de Oceanografía (Spain); John Cooper, BirdLife International (South Africa); Michael Earle, Green Party at the European Parliament (Belgium); Manel Gazo, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain); Pere Renom, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain); Harun Guclusoy, Ege Programi Underwater Research Society - Mediterranean Seal Research Group (Turkey); Ali Cemal Gücü, Middle East Technical University (Turkey), Jon Houghton, University of Wales Swansea (United Kingdom); William Johnson, The Monachus Guardian (Canada); Jordi Lleonart, Institut de Ciències del Mar, CSIC (Spain); Ramón Martí, SEO/BirdLife (Spain); Anna-Rosa Martínez, GRAIN (Spain); Arnau Mateu, Greenpeace (Spain); Antonio di Natale, Aquastudio (Italy), Ahmed Nouar, Université des Sciences et de la Technologie; Houari Boumediene El-Alia (Algeria); Roger Poland, MEDASSET (United Kingdom); Lily Venizelos, MEDASSET (Greece).
The preparation of this document was possible thanks to the support of Pere Oliver, FAO.
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