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Artisanal Med Tuna Fishers Want To Be Involved In Managing Resources European Union, September 17, 12

Artisanal tuna fishermen have been using age-old techniques to catch Mediterranean Bluefin. Tomorrow, a group that represents artisanal fisherman who operate in the Mediterranean Sea will be meeting with government officials in Belgium to propose the co-management of marine resources. Artisanal tuna fishermen use trap net fisheries, known as “Almadraba” in Spain and “Mattanza” in Italy, to catch Mediterranean Bluefin.
The roundtable discussion is part of Europe’s fisheries policy reform which is in its final stages of approval. The group, called The Mediterranean Platform of Artisanal Fishers (MedArtNet), is composed of small-scale fishermen from Greece, Italy, France and Spain, and they want a “participatory approach to fisheries management” included in the updated policy, according to a press release.
The only way to ensure the sustainability of a healthy sea is to share the responsibility, it says.
The group wants a committee made up of fishermen, scientists, governments and society representatives to better manage the resources, the environment and its uses.
According to MedArtNet’s website, the creation of co-management committees will favor economic viability, social justice and conservation of resources. They will also offer a “better approach to reality,” by providing real data and allowing fishermen and scientists to collaborate.