2020 - 2022
Illegal trawling, non-regular use of gillnets, small-scale fishing, and non-regular anchoring of pleasure boats are among the most important causes of degradation of the integrity of the Posidonia oceanica meadow.
Since 2017, within the framework of the Maristanis project, funded by MAVA Foundation inside the strategy M3, and the collaboration with the “Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre” Marine Protected Area, the Flag Pescando, MEDPAN and other scientific institutions (e.g. IAS-CNR and IMC of Torregrande), MEDSEA has analyzed threats, impacts, and vulnerabilities affecting the conservation of Posidonia oceanica meadows in the Gulf of Oristano.
Closely working with the MPA, a series of activities aimed at reducing the human impacts on the habitat have been identified according to the objectives of the OAP M4-M5 and in accordance with the OAP M3 of the MAVA Foundation strategy to reinforce connections between terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
Objectives / results
The aim of the MED-SEA-GRASS project is to restore the integrity of priority marine habitat Posidonia oceanica meadow through environmental engineering interventions act to repopulate a degraded area of the Sinis MPA, and to protect the habitat through the development of a mooring management system in the Marine Protected Area.
Mapping Posidonia oceanica meadow distribution and identifying degraded areas.
Implementing a demonstration activity to restore critical degraded Posidonia oceanica meadow.
Designing an APP to monitor mooring activities and their impacts on the habitat
Introducing an eco-fee for mooring users to be reinvested in the MPA for a continuous seagrass meadows conservation.