Fishers, Sea turtles and Sharks: Alliance for Survival

The aim of the project is to study and mitigate the impacts of bycatch and ghostfishing on the sea turtle and shark populations in Greece, through awareness, capacity building and cooperation with stakeholders in the fisheries sector.

The project will focus on 5 important ports of Greece, which cover a major part of the country’s fishing activity. Besides, fishing activity in the wider area of these ports coincides with 5 significantly protected areas that are under high pressure and need to be studied and conserved.

Expected Result

The main expected result of the project is an increase in the number of people in the fishing industry and the control authorities that can distinguish shark species and sea turtles, are aware of the need and legal obligations to protect them, as well as of the methods of safe release from nets. You can find HERE the video of the project

Monitoring of fishing activities and gradual disengagement from unsustainable fishing techniques is expected to have long-term positive impacts of the condition in fishing reserves, target-species and hence for biodiversity and the local economy.

Methodology

A common harmonized methodological approach was chosen, which develops through two lines of actions: the first one aims at enhancing existing knowledge on the status of target species, fish stocks and relevant perceptions of stakeholders; and the second one includes actions to raise awareness among fishers and control authorities on the impacts of non-selective fishing methods and gears, as well as to train fishers in handling and releasing entangled species.

SEAlly

SEAlly© is a citizen science tool, which allows fishers, port authorities, divers and all sea lovers to record sea turtle and/or shark sightings in the Mediterranean Sea. You can find more here

Scientific Publications

  • Touloupaki, E., Doumpas, N., Bouziotis, D., Giovos, I. (2018). Fishers, Sea turtles and Sharks: Alliance for Survival. 6th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtle, Porec, Croatia.
  • Touloupaki, E., Doumpas, N., Bouziotis, D., Giovos, I. (2018). Fishers, Sea turtles and Sharks: Alliance for Survival. 22nd Annual European Elasmobranch Association Meeting, Peniche, Portugal.
  • Touloupaki, E., Doumpas, N., Bouziotis, D., Giovos, I. (2018). Fishers, Sea turtles and Sharks: Alliance for Survival. 23rd International Congress on Applied Icthyology and Aquatic Environment, Volos, Greece.

The project “Fishers, Sea turtles and Sharks: Alliance for Survival» is funded under the financial program of the Green Fund “Natural Environment and Innovative Actions”, Strand “Natural Environment Management Actions”, Measure “Innovative Actions with Citizens”,
Beneficiary: MEDASSET, Partner: iSea
Duration: 1st February 2018 – 30th November 2018
Budget: €49.690.