STUDIES AND REVIEWS No. 81

STUDIES AND REVIEWS

No. 81

GENERAL FISHERIES COMMISSION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN

RECREATIONAL FISHERIES IN THE
MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES:
A REVIEW OF EXISTING LEGAL
FRAMEWORKS

by

Charline Gaudin
Legal Assistant
Development and Planning Service
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

and

Cassandra De Young
Fishery Planning Analyst
Development and Planning Service
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2007

 

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Gaudin, C.; De Young, C.
Recreational fisheries in the Mediterranean countries: a review of existing legal frameworks.
Studies and Reviews. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. No. 81.
Rome, FAO. 2007. 85p.

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to provide a snapshot of recreational fisheries legal frameworks within the Mediterranean with a view to promoting homogenous and comprehensive recreational fisheries management in the Mediterranean. The study reviews the existing laws and regulations concerning recreational fisheries adopted by Mediterranean countries. It provides first an overview of relevant international initiatives regarding the management of recreational fisheries and a summary of marine recreational fisheries within the Mediterranean basin. The core of the study focuses on a comparative analysis of the main management measures adopted by States, including: (i) access regimes to fisheries resources; (ii) conservation measures; (iii) special recreational fisheries regulations; and (iv) monitoring, control and surveillance of recreational fisheries.

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CONTENTS

Part I   (133 Kb)

Preparation of this document
Acknowledgements
Abstract
Abbreviations and acronyms

Part II   (98 Kb)

1.   Introduction

2.   Background
2.1  International initiatives guiding recreational fisheries
       management in the Mediterranean

2.2  Recreational fisheries in the Mediterranean context

   2.2.1 Definitions of recreational fisheries
   2.2.2 Targeted species in Mediterranean recreational fisheries
   2.2.3 Socio-economic impacts of Mediterranean recreational fisheries
   2.2.4 Recreational fisheries stakeholders and their role in management
   2.2.5 Recreational fisheries policies
   2.2.6 Legal frameworks
Part III   (909 Kb)

3.   Management measures
3.1  Access regimes
   3.1.1 Categories of licences
   3.1.2 Special authorization/licences
   3.1.3 Duration of licence
   3.1.4 Licence fees
   3.1.5 Licence transferability
   3.1.6 Licence eligibility restrictions
   3.1.7 Licence issuing institution

3.2  Conservation measures
   3.2.1 Prohibition of sale
   3.2.2 Limitations on fishing modalities and tackles
   3.2.3 Catch limits/daily bag limits
   3.2.4 Protection and conservation of juveniles
   3.2.5 Prohibited species
   3.2.6 Fish reserves
   3.2.7 Temporal restrictions
   3.2.8 Other recreational fishing restrictions

3.3  Special recreational fisheries regulations
   3.3.1 Underwater recreational fishing regulations
   3.3.2 Sport fishing competition regulatory frameworks
   3.3.3 Competition authorizations
   3.3.4 Tourism/charter recreational fishing

3.4  Monitoring and control of recreational fisheries
   3.4.1 Monitoring and control bodies
   3.4.2 Monitoring and control measures
Part IV   (312 Kb)

References

Appendix 1.  Licence regimes for recreational fisheries in the Mediterranean
Appendix 2.  Main management measures of recreational fisheries in the Mediterranean
Appendix 3.  Minimum sizes of the species potentially concerned by recreational fisheries
Appendix 4.  Example of marine reserves with impacts on recreational fishing in the
                     Mediterranean

Appendix 5.  Underwater recreational fishing regulations in the Mediterranean