Mediterranean habitats and species are threatened by overfishing. Seagrass beds, for example, are destroyed by repeat trawling, and marine turtles suffer from bycatch.

Despite the prohibition of deep-sea trawling in 2005, preserving diverse and productive coastal areas on which communities depend remains a critical challenge.

Our aim is to protect critical habitats and healthy ecosystems for the benefit of fishers and biodiversity by:

  • improving understanding of biodiversity impacts
  • increasing awareness of fishers and key stakeholders
  • building conservation and stakeholder capacity
  • demonstrating and implementing solutions, including sustainable management plans and practices and marine protected areas
Common dolphin Baronie seamount (c) J Alessi Benkab Assoc


Three priority areas suffer significant impacts from bycatch:

  • Alboran Sea
  • Strait of Sicily and Tunisian plateau
  • Central Aegean See and Levantine basin

Amplification of efforts at the level of the Mediterranean for a regional impact is also important.

Click here to see the geographic distribution of the various projects financed within the frame of this action plan.


  • Accobams
  • BirdLife International
  • GFCM
  • IUCN
  • Medasset
  • MedPAN
  • VertigoLab
  • WWF

Focus on one of our partners

At the heart of all our work are passionate people dedicated to delivering effective and lasting conservation. These inspirational partners are our greatest asset.

Yassine Ramzi Sghaier

Yassine Ramzi Sghaier

It was an impossible dream as a child, so I had to take it step by step. If you want to be like Commander Cousteau, you need to prepare yourself. My father gave me 200 dinars to buy a mobile phone but I spent it learning how to dive instead! Now I’m very lucky to do this work.

Annual Budget

MAVA has allocated €2.65 million annually

The Action Plan annual budget is estimated at €9 million

Remaining needs are partially covered by existing projects but co-funding is still needed


Julien Sémelin

Manager, Mediterranean Basin

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