36 Months On: Progress review from the Italian case study

Read on for an update on the progress of GAP2’s Adriatic Sea case study in Italy over the last twelve months. 

The case study’s activities are progressing well, with good results in terms of visibility of the project. Sampling activities are still on-going while the first set of data is under analysis for presentations and papers.

A second GAP2 fishery independent trawl survey was carried out to provide information on the demersal resources after the summer fishing ban. Results, presented in a public meeting attended by 60 people, earnt much attention from the media. We have concluded that the duration of the ban could be changed in future seasons. After the same conclusion was presented in a meeting of FAO Adriamed (“Scientific Collaboration in support of Responsible Fisheries in the Adriatic Sea”), an international Working Group to assess this theme in Adriatic Sea was created. So far, this is the main outcome of our case study and an important step forward in influencing fisheries management in the area.

As a result of the exchange trip between GAP2 and the Canadian CFRN, Johan Baaij, a fisherman from the Dutch case study, gave a presentation for 40 fishers of Chioggia about pulse trawling. Furthermore, a delegation of 45 fishermen and stakeholders from the Netherlands visited the fishing facilities of Venice and Chioggia.

Based on the on-going case study activities and the Dutch exchange visit, we have submitted two proposals for funding to the Venetian Regional Administration. The role of ISPRA would be as scientific advisor, but the responsibility of the projects are under the “Consorzio Armatori Motopescherecci di Chioggia”. One project will assess contamination of molluscs and the other will test the feasibility of pulse trawling in the Northern Adriatic Sea. Furthermore, an IPA project developed in collaboration with GAP2 focusing on marine litter produced by fishing has been approved.

In March 2014 a working group was established by the Fondazione Della Pesca, named ‘Nets of Knowledge’, thanks to the GAP2 case study’s initiative. The working group will include representatives from the case study and from the foundation itself and will act to contribute to the widening of the collaboration between scientists, stakeholders and policy makers to allow the inclusion of the case study’s experience and results into the management discourse for the Norther Adriatic Sea. The working group also represents a ‘legacy project’ for GAP2, with the values and methods of the case study being carried forward beyond the natural duration of the project as a whole.

We have now published a book on fisheries management and anthropology that includes three chapters centred around GAP2 activities. Also, three contributions to the FDI have been accepted, two of them directly related to GAP2.

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