The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
Small-scale fisheries (SSF) represent 80% of the Mediterranean fleet.
Although they are still responsible for the majority of commercial fishing activities in the region, between 2008 and 2018 the estimated number of small-scale vessels fell from around 68,000 to 60,000.
Depending on their location and the fishing gear used, SSF can also be a threat to specific species – these include elasmobranchs (sharks, rays and skates), marine mammals, turtles and birds caught as bycatch. In addition they can harm sensitive habitats, such as seagrass meadows (Posidonia oceanica), coralligenous reef assemblages and deep rocky seabeds.
Co-management with the small-scale fisheries community is very much needed to manage, monitor and protect MPAs more generally; small-scale fishers benefit, in turn, from stronger stocks and improved returns on landings.