Al Hoceima has been the meeting place of more than 30 fishermen coming from the two sides of the Alboran Sea, who gathered between the 31st of May and the 1st of June for a workshop about traditional fishing. This meeting was promoted by the IUCN center for Mediterranean Cooperation in the framework of its POCTEFEX-Alboran project, in collaboration with the IUCN member association AGIR and the Rif Siglo XXI association.
This first workshop allowed the meeting of different traditional fishing actors, through three Andalusia provinces (Adra, Fuengirola, Motril, Malaga and Caleta Velez) representatives, and Moroccan’s ones. The objective of the workshop was the sharing of experiences between fishermen, professionals and experts from each country, and the promotion of the benefits obtained from the fishermen participation to the management of ecologically rich marine protected areas.
If the fishermen have taken this opportunity to highlight the added value represented by traditional fishing as an environmental respectful product, they also informed about the existence of an excessive concentration of octopus fishing, which is able to threaten this species maintenance and trophic chain. In order to answer to the Moroccans fishermen’s worry about their crafts security, the Spanish participants broke the news about little improvements made on their own crafts to limit the risks of fall and water entrance. Other noted aspects can be noticed, such as; the role played by the marines protected areas and the fishing reserves for the sustainable fisheries maintenance; the creation of cooperatives for a better commercialization and quotas control (size and quantity); and eventually the touristic fishing initiatives as an additional economical resource. Both countries have also showed a their worries vis-à-vis natural gaz and petrol prospecting.
For more information: Andrés Alcantara