Mediterranean is considered an ecosystem “under siege”, due to overfishing and combined anthropogenic pressures, a situation expected to worsen with climate change. In this unstable and multifaceted maritime interface, 90% of assessed fish stocks are overfished. Other ocean management problems such as plastic, underwater noise pollution, invasive species threaten the Mediterranean Sea, making it even more complex to govern common resources. The question of how to sustainably manage the marine Mediterranean resources while meeting United Nations Sustainable Goals remains largely unanswered.
The objective of our interdisciplinary research project is to analyze drivers and configurations of sustainable seafood systems in the basin, adapted to both natural and social local ecosystems. To do so, our work will investigate three intertwined factors: sustainability of practices and supply systems, norms and institutions that affect these systems, and engagement of stakeholders.