Story | 30 Apr, 2018

Sharing experiences on marine invasive species management in Mediterranean marine protected Areas

The IUCN-Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) in collaboration with ENALIA Physis Environmental Research Centre and the support of Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas organised a first workshop addressing marine invasive species management in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPA). This meeting took place in Cyprus close to Cape Greco MPA from 23 to 27 April 2018. 

Every year, new introductions of exotic or rare species are reported in scientific journals and are recorded by scuba divers. Many of the species that make it into their new environment perish or are eradicated. However, some of these newly introduced species reproduce, thrive and start reducing or replacing native biodiversity and affecting coastal communities, including fishermen and beach goers. Thus becoming invasive species.

Understanding the impact of alien invasive species on marine ecosystems is essential to prevent new invasions, elaborate efficient management actions and develop proper mitigation measures in Marine Protected Areas, including the development of new market revenues.

Indeed, in this workshop participants discussed invasive species management activities within MPAs. They  also received expert advice on invasive species monitoring, emerging problems associated with their introduction and establishment, as well as experiences and good practices for prevention and control of issues associated with alien invasive species, including their interaction with fisheries activities.

For further information, please contact Maria del Mar Otero.

The workshop is funded by the Mava Foundation.