Mitigating dolphin depredation
Depredation caused by cetaceans (in particular bottlenose dolphins) in fisheries - when dolphins partially or completely remove catches from fishing gear - is a growing matter of concern for several fisheries in the Mediterranean. Socio-economic impacts caused by the damages to the fishing gears and the loss of catches create situations of conflicts between fishers and dolphins, weakening the conservation and sustainability efforts promoted by the Mediterranean countries.
This project aims to unify the efforts of regional competent organizations with the view to pursue the identification of technical or management solutions to reduce depredation and to expand the regional network of expertise on depredation.
Objectives / results
To assess and mitigate in a harmonized way depredation caused by cetaceans in purse seine fisheries in Morocco and Tunisia and in small-scale fisheries in Andalucía (Spain), in Sicily (Italy) and Malta.