Fish such as sea bream, sea bass, grouper, swordfish, tuna and sharks are highly sought after by locals and tourists alike, and yield high financial returns for fishers.

As predators at the top of the food chain, overexploitation can destabilise the entire marine ecosystem and directly impact the resources on which local communities depend.

We aim to reduce fishing pressure on predatory fish species and ensure management that protects key spawning grounds and other critical habitats for healthy fisheries by:

  • improving knowledge in fishing sector
  • raising awareness of fishers and other stakeholder groups
  • increasing the capacity of government, civil society and fishers to implement sustainable fishing practices
  • demonstrating and implementing sustainable fishing practices
  • supporting alternative livelihoods to reduce unsustainable fishing practices
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Three areas experience high fishing pressure on priority species and support an important artisanal fishing sector:

  • Alboran Sea
  • Strait of Sicily and Tunisian plateau
  • Southern Adriatic/Northern Ionian

Replicating work at regional level is also important.

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


  • GFCM
  • Global Footprint Network
  • IUCN
  • Low Impact Fishers of Europe
  • MedPAN
  • MSC
  • 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.

Houssine Nibani
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Houssine Nibani

When I started with the Peace Corps, the first Rio Conference hadn’t happened. No one in Morocco understood conservation. Now it’s a different story. I’m no longer alone!

Annual Budget

MAVA has allocated €1.9 million annually

The Action Plan annual budget is estimated at €3.5 million

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


Julien Sémelin

Manager, Mediterranean Basin

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