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 €
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.