UdG researchers study biological impacts of recreational fishing on marine reserves

Results from a research conducted by the members of the research group Animal Biology -Josep Lloret and Toni Font- will contribute to a better management of marine resources in those reserves integrated into the project MedPAN. Such researches focus on the potential impact on vulnerable fish species. Recreational fishing is an activity with important social and economic implications for the Mediterranean coast, which can notably affect marine reserves. This is the conclusion reached by the research group Animal Biology at UdG. Within the framework of studies financed by the National Park of Port Cros (France), the Natural Park of Cap de Creus, and the marine reserve of the Medes Islands-Lower Ter-Montgrí, in cooperation with recreational fishermen, in the past years researchers Josep Lloret and Toni Font have got important results regarding the socioeconomic and biological framework of recreational fishing in different marine reserves.

These results intend to contribute to a better management of marine resources in those reserves integrated in the project MedPAN (, which is coordinated by WWF-France and financed by the European programme Interreg. The project includes different marine reserves from several Mediterranean countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Croatia, Slovenia or Tunisia. Researches focus on the social and economic value of recreational fishing, as well as on the potential impact on vulnerable fish species and the possible effects derived from the use of exotic worms as bait.

UdG, a pioneer
These researches place UdG among the first universities to deal with a present topic with implications on marine management, especially in the coast of Girona, where tourism at sea plays an important role in economy.

This research line has also trained students. Two Environmental Science students –Núria Balasch and Alicia Garrote- have developed their final project on the environmental impact of recreational fishing waste in Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Within this study, the past 8th of May a cleaning of the seabed of the coast in Sant Feliu de Guíxols was organised in cooperation with the diving centre Piscis Diving and the Sea Foundation, financed by the town council.

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