Launch of FishMPABlue2 in Slovenia

WWF Adria and Nature Park Strunjan officially launched the FishMPABlue2 project in Slovenia

WWF Adria and Nature Park Strunjan officially launched the FishMPABlue2 project in Slovenia through a press release and several interviews with media. The main objective was to inform the public and fishermen about the spirit of the project, the new small scale fisheries management guidelines to be tested and the powerful involvement of local fishermen.

"Coastal fishing in protected marine areas does not receive the attention it deserves. Local fishermen are often excluded from the decision-making process, which is why they face socio-economic problems that lead to unsustainable exploitation of marine resources. We want to ensure full participation of fishermen in the management of fisheries in protected areas. Only with their involvement can we build the long-term availability of natural resources" said Patrik Krstinić, Project Manager at WWF Adria.

Luka Kastelic from Nature Park Strunjan added: "We want to engage fishermen even more than we do now in the management of the MPA. We invite them to share with us key information about surplus, bigger catches, reduction in fish stocks and their observations of alien, invasive or unusual species.”

"The catch of the gilt-head bream or true soles has shrunk to only a couple of months per year, sometimes to a few days or weeks. Toxins, predators, changes in the coastal strip and unregulated conditions on the market endanger the survival of small fishermen. As the fish populations are shrinking we need to set up clearer and stricter rules on the smallest catch size and allow the re-population of our sea," said Nevija Vižintin, slovenian fisherman and shell-grower.

Contact: Bojan Stojanovic, WWF Adria, Communications, bstojanovic@wwfadria.org


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