The decline of the artisanal fisheries in Mediterranean coastal areas: The case of cap de creus (Cap e Creus)

Sílvia Gómez, Josep Lloret, Montserrat Demestre, Victòria Riera

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Abstract

This article examines the sociocultural, economic, and environmental causes of the decline of the artisanal fisheries in the rocky coast of Cape Creus (NW Mediterranean) over the past decades. The changes that have occurred over time have favored trawlers, purse-seiners, shellfish fisheries, and tourism activities, to the detriment of artisanal fisheries. This article shows that the establishment of a marine reserve in 1998 could not reverse the observed decline in the artisanal fisheries. This raises the necessity of implementing a fishery management plan integrated into a coastal management plan, which should accompany the habitat protection. These plans could assist in the maintenance and the sustainable development of the artisanal fishing sector in Cape Creus as well as in other Mediterranean coastal areas where artisanal fisheries are also declining.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)217-232
Number of pages16
JournalCoastal Management
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

Keywords

  • Artisanal fisheries
  • Cape Creus
  • Marine reserves
  • Mediterranean

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