Artisanal Aeolian fishermen are steadily running out of fish. The once bountiful seas around the Sicilian archipelago have been overfished by large fishing boats with quota for pelagic fish like swordfish and bluefin tuna.
In 2018, BLUE saw the designation of the first ever MPA in the Caspian Sea, Gizilagaj MPA, near the mouth of the Kura river. The MPA provides a sanctuary for subadult sturgeon and a diversity of Caspian marine creatures.
BLUE’s mission is to see 30 per cent of the world’s ocean under protection by 2030 and the high seas, which make up over 63 per cent of the ocean, are vital to achieving this goal.
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.
The Balearic Island of Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993. The Biosphere is finally extending into the marine realm and is supported by a new MPA on the south of the island.
The Namibian Islands’ Marine Protected Area is Africa’s second largest marine reserve.
BLUE is gathering evidence to justify the designation of a vast marine protected area in the Gulf of Peñas in Patagonia.
For the first time in history, fish farms provide over half of all traded fish, with fish being the largest traded food commodity on earth.