- Posted by Efi Starfa
Despite Corona Virus restrictions, the Medbycatch project goes on!
The Medbycatch project aims to study and mitigate the problem of incidental captures of vulnerable species in Central Aegean and Levantine Sea, Sicily Strait- Tunisia Plateau and Alboran Sea while engaging fishers towards sustainable fisheries.
After one-year collection of data, we are very excited that the 1st Mitigation workshop in the framework of the project took place online, on Tuesday June 9th.
Different stakeholders attended the workshop such as representatives from the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Deputy General Director of General Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture, University professors specialized in Fisheries, Fisheries experts, Ιnternational Mitigation Εxperts, our National Focal Point, the project’s Steering Committee, our national partners and all of the scientists implementing the research at 19 ports in Turkey.
The workshop focus was dedicated to the exchange of ideas and proposals on bycatch mitigation techniques from National and International experts. Our National Focal Point, Meltem Ok presented the initial results of the first phase observation programme, which focused the discussions for the best approaches of mitigation measures and techniques to be implemented during the second phase of the Medbycatch project in Turkey. Experts provided their advice and personal experience on possible mitigation techniques like TEDs, gear modifications, circle hooks and LED lights. Furthermore, it was emphasised the importance of working in collaboration with local fishermen.