Mediterranean habitats and species are threatened by destructive fishing practices. Seagrass beds, for example, are destroyed by repeat trawling, and marine turtles suffer from bycatch. In addition, high trophic level fish species such as swordfish are overexploited because they have a high market value.

Our aim is to protect critical marine habitats and species in order to maintain healthy ecosystems for the benefit of biodiversity and fishermen by:

  • demonstrating solutions to mitigate the impact of fisheries on biodiversity,
  • supporting replication and scaling-up mechanisms at Mediterranean level,
  • advocating for targeted policy to ensure adequate regulatory frameworks,
  • ensuring a financial transition to support sustainable fisheries and marine conservation in the long term.
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Map to come


  • Accobams
  • AGIR
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • BirdLife International
  • BlueSeeds
  • Clarmondial
  • Enalia Physis
  • GFCM
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
  • IUCN
  • Low Impact Fishers of Europe
  • Medasset
  • Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation (MEDSEA)
  • MedPAN
  • MSC
  • Notre Grand Bleu
  • Slowfood
  • University of Exeter
  • 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.

Budget 2020-2022

MAVA allocation: €13.3 million

The Action Plan 2020-2022 budget is €19.5 million

Co-funding €6.2 million


Julien Sémelin

Head of Learning & Evaluation,Manager, Mediterranean Basin

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