The sustainability of coastal marine resources depends, many times, on the specific set of socio-ecological conditions that influences the way they are explored. There are several examples worldwide of successful co-management systems leading to higher income for the fishermen and at the same time increasing the resource’s biomass.
The goal of this project is to implemente a co-management scheme focused on the goose barnacles of the Reserva Natural das Berlengas.
- Fishermen Supporting
- Marine Resources
Promote a co-management system in the Reserva Natural das Berlengas focused on the goose barnacles, as a way to increase the biomass and at the same time leading to higher income for the fishermen.
Promoting this approach is in line with the Foundation’s goal of increasing the sustainability of coastal marine resources exploitation. Portugal is a prime location in Europe to test these options since around 80% of the fleet is small scale and coastal ecosystems have been overexploited.
WWF has been working in co-management schemes throughout Europe and is leading this initiative in Portugal of creating a co-management group composed of fishermen, the academia and public authorities, that will decide the harvest rules and also the commercialization conditions. If successful, this project may lead the way to other initiatives at the national and international levels.
The Oceano Azul Foundation is supporting WWF Portugal in this initiative and wants to be an active part finding sustainable solutions for managing small scale fisheries.
This project started in January 2017.