In several meetings I recently had with fishermen, organisations and active citizens on the Aegean islands, I observed that the idea of Fishing Protected Areas is being revived. In the region of the Aegean Sea, and especially in the Cyclades, the demarcation of marine areas protected from fishing (with a permanent or temporary ban) is necessary.
It is not only overfishing that calls for such measures (in the Mediterranean 80% of fish stocks are overfished). It is also the morphology of the region that facilitates it. The mayor of Santorini has already taken on board a similar initiative in cooperation with the Cousteau Divers Organization, led by Pierre-Yves Cousteau. In Paros and Andros, fishermen’s organisations have been discussing about this idea for some time now.
However, a lot of issues have to be resolved before action is taken. How will the demarcation take place? Who will take the final decision? What are the exact consequences of such measures? These are issues that need to be discussed with other Mediterranean and European maritime regions. For this reason, the opportunity for instituting Fishing Protected Areas is established within the framework of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.