Italian fishermen sign a Code of Conduct

Major event during the second press trip, in the Egadi Islands MPA.

The second press trip of the FishMPABlue2 project was held in the pilot site of the Egadi Islands Marine Protected Area (MPA), the largest marine reserve in the Mediterranean (with an area of 53,992 hectares). Located on the north-west coast of Sicily, it was established in 1991, and since 2001 has been managed, on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment, by the Municipality of Favignana.

The press trip was attended by the Italian national press agency Adnkronos, the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto, the Spanish national media  ­El Pais, the French weekly magazine specialised on marine issues Le Marin, the Tunisian national press agency ­TAP, the Greek national media wire ­Athens News Agency and a Slovenian freelance journalist writing for the daily national newspaper Večer and other media.

The fishermen of the three Egadi islands were the main protagonists of the press trip together with the MPA staff. With Federparchi, the staff of the Egadi islands MPA participated in the organisation of the press trip led by WWF Mediterranean. The day included: a presentation by the MPA’s Scientific Director on the FishMPABlue project objectives and activities in the MPA; a boat trip in the MPA to demonstrate the relationship between the fishermen and the MPA, and an introduction to the code of conduct developed with the fishermen; a meeting with fishermen to speak about environmental monitoring activities at sea and tourism fishing activities; a visit to the turtle recovery center with an interview with  fishermen on the theme of the recovery of sea turtles; a visit to the tuna processing museum. To close the trip we organised a final event with the fishermen – the signature of the Code of Conduct for Sustainable Fisheries in the Egadi Islands protected marine area; an aperitif buffet with fishermen was followed by interviews with the fishermen.

With a selection of media from the countries of the project and beyond, our target groups in France, Greece, Spain, Slovenia and Tunisia can hear about what the project is achieving in Italy, and we are spreading our message throughout the Mediterranean.

See the wonderful photos taken during the press trip here. All © Cristina Mastrandrea / WWF Mediterranean

Media coverage

El Pais, Spain

Adnkronos, Italy and here

Athens News Agency, Greece

TAP, Tunisia