MPAs and business sectors: tackling overlap

How to mitigate the impacts of maritime business on ecosystems when operating in protected areas

In recent years, 22% of Greek waters have been declared Natura 2000 sites. Some maritime activities, such as aquaculture, are operating in those protected areas. How can we mitigate their impacts? And what should be the "best" sustainable framework regarding these increasing overlaps? This what the 18 partners of the PHAROS4MPAs project are trying to answer.

Last week, we were in Chios for the second face-to-face Steering Committee meeting.
This was an opportunity to:

  • Introduce each sector's capitalization baselines and progress of recommendations
  • Approve the communications plan and stakeholder engagement plan
  • Visit the fish farms of Nireus, one of the biggest producers of seabass and seabream in the Mediterranean (32,000 tonnes/year) to produce feasible recommendations
  • Meet with the main stakeholders of the aquaculture sector in Greece to gather their "in-the-field" input and comments on the project - Greece is a significant world producer with yearly production of 110,000 tonnes of fish

It was an extremely fruitful week for the project. Looking forward to having the final recommendations - to be issued in Spring 2019.