Validate the efficiency of restoration strategies.
Assess the recuperation of the ecosystem services in restored areas and adjacent fisheries.
Promote a participatory approach to fishery management.
Create spaces that foster dialogue and conversation and strengthen governance mechanisms to contribute to active habitat restoration.
Raise awareness among local populations and the fishing industry, among others, on the ecological significance and fragility of deep sea habitats and the need to implement measures to protect them.
Replicate the active restoration and governance schemes implemented in other conservation areas to be included in the protected spaces management plans.
Transfer the results to other areas of the Mediterranean in which benthic habitats are also threatened.
Oceanographic research campaigns are to be developed specifically in each exclusion area and a sector of nearby fisheries to study the structuring species and identifying eligible restoration areas. Besides, follow-up studies of restored organisms and their conservation status shall be implemented, and biodiversity of restored areas and ecosystem services shall be assessed.
This project shall work on maintenance of Gorgonia, coral and sponge species, among other structuring sessile organisms which may be accidentally fished. For these purposes, aquariums will be placed inside the premises of fisher’s cooperatives, and fishers shall receive training on maintenance of specimens, their preparation and other on-board operations.
We will address the restoration of different organism groups, including sponges, hydrozoa, sea pens, Gorgonia and bamboo corals, among others.
Participation, capacitation and governance
The goal of promoting participation ensure that the resulting environment is based in trust among stakeholders, as this is the way to get everyone involved, considering both local and national stakeholders.
Besides, spaces for conversation and discussion shall be created and the development of governance capacities and schemes for the main managers and users. A participative work group shall also be created and entrusted with the mission of identifying priorities and encouraging capacitation.
Informative and educative projects and results transference
For the purposes of promoting knowledge transference, the publication of scientific papers and the participation in conferences and workshops will be encouraged. Besides, the exchange of experiences that promote good practices and the replication of such practices in other protected spaces will also be promoted.
SCOPE OF INTERVENTION
The 29,022 hectares that are expected to undergo restoration are distributed across 14 fishing protection areas spread along the coasts of Girona and Barcelona. The reason for choosing this area as our scope of intervention is the high ecological relevance of this area due to the high concentration of threatened, endangered or vulnerable species, including Gorgonia, black corals, stony corals, sea pens and several species of sponges.
Area of action
THE LIFE PROGRAMME
Its general goal is to contribute to sustainable development and the achievement of the goals and objectives set forth by the corresponding UE plans and strategies regarding the environment and the climate.