STUDIES AND REVIEWS No. 77

STUDIES AND REVIEWS

No. 77

GENERAL FISHERIES COMMISSION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN

INVENTORY OF ARTISANAL FISHERY COMMUNITIES IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN

by
Salvatore R. Coppola
Fishery Resources Division
FAO Fisheries Department

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2006

 

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Coppola, S.R.
Inventory of artisanal fishery communities in the Western and Central Mediterranean.
Studies and Reviews. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. No. 77.
Rome, FAO. 2006. 82p.

ABSTRACT

For years, the impoverishment of artisanal fishery in Mediterranean countries has been frequently reported at all levels when the urgency for intervention was systematically highlighted. In addition, it has also been reiterated that, at present, there is not enough knowledge either of the primary and secondary magnitudes of artisanal fishery or of the normative and managerial tools that cover the entire spectrum of competence. Information on artisanal fishery, in the wide sense, is fundamental for planning and management purposes. It is, therefore, extremely important to document all the elements which influence and interact directly or indirectly with artisanal fisheries, (e.g. synergies, conflicts or friction, possible interaction and connection, etc.). During the project Cooperation Networks to facilitate Coordination to Support Fisheries Management in the Western and Central Mediterranean (COPEMED), the first-ever inventory of regional artisanal fishery communities in the Central and Western Mediterranean was implemented. This was possible through direct assistance to some of the member countries to develop and improve their capacity to collect and analyse information on artisanal fisheries. The inventory resulted in a comprehensive list of all the fishing communities performing artisanal fisheries in the region, including their localization, description, use, pictures and other ancillary information. This exercise, based on 13 582 sites visited (interviewed), produced 11 papers, involved 16 scientists (regional and national), and also collected a selected bibliography of about 200 documents. Most of the results are presented in this paper.

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CONTENTS

Preface

Introduction

1. Background

2. The original programme
2.1 The objective
2.2 The objective situation reported
2.3 Effort to define the artisanal fishery in the COPEMED area
2.4 The agreed change of objectives
2.5 Workshop抯 conclusions and recommendations
3. The new approach
3.1 The programme of work
3.2 The inventory programme
3.3 Standardization of the data items
3.4 Data structure
3.5 Coverage
3.6 The spatial structure
3.7 The implementation process
3.8 The data processing tools
3.9 Outputs from this component
3.10 Synergies with other activities in the project.
4. The status of the collected information by country
4.1 The fieldwork was conducted in all countries with a different degree of coverage
4.2 Ports with artisanal fishery operations
4.3 Regional standardization/grouping
5. Preliminary statistical estimates
5.1 The data source
5.2 The consistency of the databank
5.3 Gear composition
5.4 Species and catch composition
5.5 Fishing zone
5.6 Fishing activity
5.7 Fishermen composition
5.8 Matching results between countries
6. Case studies
6.1 Artisanal fishery in the Cilento area (southern Tyrrhenian sea), Coordinator:
      Francesco Colloca
6.2 Integrated study of artisanal fisheries in the Nador Lagoon (by Malouli Idrissi,
      M. and Houssa Rachida)
Appendix 1 Contributors
Appendix 2 Preliminary area stratification and localization of artisanal
                       fishery communities in the Western and Central Mediterranean
Appendix 3 Selected bibliography on artisanal fisheries in the Mediterranean
Appendix 4 Species caught by artisanal fishery and their national names

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