Small-scale fisheries – with their low impact gear and strong community ties – dominate the Mediterranean Sea. They make up more than 80% of the fishing fleet but account for only 24% of the fish caught.
BLUE seeks to strengthen artisanal fishers by adapting the principles of the Lyme Bay model to Mediterranean circumstances. We are scouring the Mediterranean for sites where artisanal fishers will benefit from co-managing marine protected areas and implementing the Lyme principles: reducing pressure, engaging local communities, supporting better marine management, coordinating knowledge sharing, and spreading stories of success.
We have identified several such sites – in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey – and are establishing relationships with like-minded organisations and individuals. Our long term plan is to implement a locally adapted model in each of these sites, resulting in a substantial cohort of each fishing community leading the way in sustainability and actively engaged in marine management; moreover, these local groups form a strong network of knowledge sharing and collaborative support across the Mediterranean.
$190m worth of seagrass protected
80% of Mediterranean fleet = small-scale, low impact, high employment
75% of Mediterranean fish caught by industrial vessels = high impact, unsustainable
“I think BLUE’s insulated fish boxes would be invaluable for my family in Cyprus, but we just can’t catch enough fish to fill them – there are none left”
By working together, we can turn the tide on overfishing and the destruction of biodiversity. By supporting BLUE, you can help to create marine reserves around the world.