Imagine...a colossal fin whale plunging deep into the Mediterranean's azure depths. It lunges toward a school of krill, gulping down soupy, bus-sized mouthfuls. Another hunt takes place above water, as local, artisanal fishermen haul in sardines with special gear that eliminates accidental bycatch.
They are not the only ones to enjoy the Med's bounty. Divers and tourists marvel at large groupers hiding behind rocks; red corals framed like underwater paintings; meter-tall pen shells dotting lush green meadows of posidonia. Each benefits without depleting the sea's resources. Man and nature, working together.
This is what life in the Med could be. Marine Protected Areas can help us get there.
MARINE PROTECTED AREAS (MPA) are slices of ocean and coastline set aside because of their ecological importance. They safeguard the Mediterranean's amazing marine life, protect fishermen's livelihoods, boost local economies and let tourists discover one of our planet's most stunning treasures.
MPAs and man are interconnected in ways that empower us both.