Monitoring fish assemblages and artisanal fisheries at Italian Marine Protected Areas
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Fishermen at work at Torre Guaceto MPA, Italy (Photo Dario Fiorentino)
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Scientists at work using under water visual census at Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo MPA, Italy (Photo Egidio Trainito)
marine protected areas; marine reserves; fish communities; artisanal fisheries, management; ecological effectiveness
ECOMERS, University Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France (thanks to the agreement with CoNISMa, the Interuniversitary National Consortium of Marine Sciences, Italy)
Paolo Guidetti

Just for one sub-project: Department of Economics and Law, University of Macerata (Italy) - Federico Niccolini (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

MPAs of Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo, Torre Guaceto, Tor Paterno, Portofino, Bergeggi, Penisola Sinis-Isola Mal di Ventre, Isole Tremiti (http://www.conisma.it) – 222.000 €

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June 1st 2015 – December 31th 2017

  • The goal of the project is to investigate and monitor, in space and time, the differences: 1) in fish assemblages along a gradient of protection (i.e. no-take, partial reserves and areas open to fishing outside the MPAs’ boundaries); 2) in artisanal fishing catches within MPAs (i.e. in partial reserves where fishing is permitted but regulated) and outside 'fished' areas.
  • In order to do that, our work involves: 1) gathering fish data (species richness, abundance, size distribution, biomass) using non-destructive underwater visual census on rocky reefs according to ad-hoc sampling designs; 2) gathering artisanal fishing data, especially using trammels as standard gears, to make it possible to compare data in time and among MPAs.
  • The results of this monitoring study have the potential to help improve/refine local management of MPAs, share experiences and good practices, and adopt standardized methods across the MPAs investigated.
guidetti[at]unice.fr