How the government of Catalonia is building a unique model with a decentralized, multi-actor decision-making approach to the seas

Source: Catalan International View

The fisheries industry in the Mediterranean is currently at a crossroads. Despite having implemented the Common Fisheries Policy in the region for decades, most assessed fished stocks –over 90%– are considered overexploited and most fleet segments struggle for economic viability. 

Prompted by this dismal situation, following a conference in Catania, Sicily, last year the EC initiated a process aimed at leading to a permanent recovery in fish stocks and the creation of much improved conditions for the fishing industry. The recent Ministerial Conference on Mediterranean Fisheries, held in Malta in late March 2017, resulted in an important Declaration reaffirming this political commitment at the highest level.

Catalonia, with a fishing fleet of roughly 800 boats, still harbours a robust fisheries sector, which is vital to the economic fabric of coastal communities and is needed to form the backbone of its future national maritime strategy. The Catalan government, with a view to rising to the challenges presented by this important moment in time, has been working for over a year on a highly innovative and unique fisheries management approach tailored to the country’s fishing characteristics.

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Danone se suma a la lucha contra el abandono de residuos

Los empleados de Danone en una acción de  voluntariado corporativo participará en acciones de lucha de abandono contra los residuos.

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Autor: Wouter Coomans

Las cuestiones medioambientales son un aspecto esencial de la misión de Danone recogida en su política climática que tiene como objetivo ser una compañía 0 emisiones en 2050. Por ello los  próximos días 19 y 21 de mayo los empleados de Danone España se reunirán en 4 localizaciones para llevar a cabo actividades de limpieza y registro de residuos abandonados en el territorio nacional. Las acciones tendrán lugar, en Barcelona y Canarias con la recogida y caracterización de basuras marinas y en Granada y Madrid con la caracterización de residuos terrestres. Concretamente, el Centro Mediterráneo EUCC coordina la acción en Barcelona, que tendrá lugar en calas entre Sitges y Vilanova.

La recogida de los datos se realizará utilizando nuevas tecnologías mediante la app MARNOBA. Los datos aportados por los voluntarios de Danone pasarán a formar parte de los programas de seguimiento de residuos abandonados, conocidos como “littering“, y en concreto del Programa de Datos Adicionales de Basuras Marinas del Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente (MAPAMA).

Con esta iniciativa, Danone pone de manifiesto su compromiso en la conservación del medio ambiente, implicando y concienciando a sus empleados en el problema del abandono de residuos.

La iniciativa estará coordinada por la Asociación Vertidos Cero con la colaboración de EUCC Mediterráneo, Asociación Paisaje Limpio y Fundación Global Nature.

La plataforma MARNOBA y su aplicación para dispositivos móviles, app Marnoba, son una iniciativa de la Asociación Vertidos Cero y KAI Marine Services con el apoyo de Fundación Biodiversidad del Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente (MAPAMA).

EUCC co-organitza neteja d’espigons a Barcelona, busquem voluntaris/es!

Dates: 12, 13 i 14 de maig de 2017

Hora: 10-14h aproximadament

Lloc de trobada: Centre de buceig Vanas Dive (Avinguda Litoral 86)

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Edició 2016 de le neteja d’espigons

El Centre Mediterrani EUCC torna a col·laborar amb el Club Esportiu de la Guàrdia Urbana (CEGUB) i el centre de buceig Vanas Dive en la 2a edició de la neteja de les pedres dels espigons del districte de Sant Martí, Barcelona. L’activitat s’emmarca en la iniciativa europea Let’s Clean Up Europe.

En aquesta ocasió, seran 3 dies de voluntariat dedicats a netejar aquests espais on trobem molta brutícia. Per això fem una crida a voluntaris/es que vulguin passar una bona estona i fer del litoral de Barcelona un espai més saludable.

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Global Ocean Science Education Workshop

2017 Workshop will be in Venice, Italy

May 23-25th 2017

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The Global Ocean Science Education Workshops are sponsored and facilitated by the international Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (COSEE), the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and the College of Exploration. A key outcome of the 2016 workshop has been the establishment of five international working groups focused on:
• Workforce development to support the Blue Economy (including graduate education)
• Development of common messages and communication tools
• Development of an online platform for the purpose of sharing education resources and information about people and projects
• Development of resources and programs for policymakers and other stakeholders
• Establishing collaborations to support World Ocean Day

The 2017 GOSE Workshop will focus on forging new connections within the global marine community. The goals are to:
• Bring together the ocean science, education, policy and business sectors;
• Foster the work of the five international working groups;
• Initiate the development of a certificate course for business leaders and policymakers; and
• Provide a forum to discuss coastal resilience and share examples of resilient cities.

The GOSE Workshop is the only platform of its kind, bringing together the ocean science, education, policy, and business sectors to improve ocean science education across the globe.

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International group of experts appeals to Basel and Stockholm Conventions for to acknowledge plastic marine litter as an issue of global environmental and health concern and recommends a series of concrete measures for adoption and implementation

EUCC Mediterranean Centre was member of the “Working Group on Marine litter plastics and microplastics and its POPs and EDC components: challenges and measures to tackle the issue” led by UNEP MAP / SCP RAC and formed during the past meeting of the Regionals Centers of the Basel and Stockholm conventions that took place on November 2016. The Working Group aims to raise the issue of pollutants associated with plastic waste in the oceans into the next Conference of the Parties (COP) of the chemical conventions which will take place from 24th April to 5th May.

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Microplastic fibers identified in the marine environment. By M.Danny25 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37727718

Persistent plastics in the marine environment degrade physically into microplastics and nanoplastics with an estimated life from decades to hundreds of years in the marine environment, and its ingestion by marine biota is a potential hazard to the environment, its biodiversity and potentially to human health. The risk stem basically from their toxic additives once the micro and nanoplastics are uptaken by marine biota, as some of those chemicals have toxic or endocrine disrupting properties. Endocrine disruptors (EDCs) can affect the fertility of the species, which can have serious consequences on the biodiversity and viability of the marine ecosystems, and increasing in the long term food vulnerability of millions of humans who have fish as staple food, especially in developing countries.

The document with considerations and recommendations to the parties of the Stockholm and Basel Convention on this issue can be consulted here:

English version: infodocument_wg_plastics_bs_regional_centres

Spanish version: documento_informativo_grupo_trabajo_plasticos_bs_centros_regionales

 

MEDCOAST Congress 2017: Call for abstracts

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Malta, 31 Oct. – 04 Nov. 2017

The biennial MEDCOAST congress in Malta is the thirteenth event of the series that was started in 1993 for contributing to coastal and marine sciences, engineering, management and conservation in general and particularly for the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Since the first conference in 1993 (Antalya, Turkey), the MEDCOAST conference series has moved around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, visiting Taragona (Spain), Qawra (Malta), Antalya (Turkey), Hammamet (Tunisia), Ravenna (Italy), Kusadasi (Turkey), Alexandria (Egypt), Sochi (Russia), Rhodes (Greece), Marmaris (Turkey) and Varna (Bulgaria). The conference has been organized in every odd numbered year, regularly in the months of either October or November. MEDCOAST 17 is the second meeting in Malta after 20 years following the third MEDCOAST conference held in Qawra (1997).

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