|The workshop “Artificial Reefs in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea” was held in Rome on January 24 as a
special session within the Sub-Committee on Marine Environments and Ecosystems (SCMEE).
The Terms of references were:
•Â Gather information on Artificial Reefs (ARs), e.g. structures and activities, for the inclusion in a common database
to be incorporated in the general information provided by the GFCM.
•Â Evidences of increased productivity and/or gathering of biomass in ARs of the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
•Â Monitoring strategies and statistical approaches to study ARs in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
The workshop was moderated by Gianna Fabi. Some studies on ARs in Turkey (A. Lök), CyprusÂ (M. Agyrou)
and Italy (A. Spagnolo, G. Scarcella, O. Giovanardi) were presented.Â A video developed by French Scientists was
also presented, showing a different approach to include ARs within the “Integrated Coastal Zone Management”
framework of the EU.
The participants discussed on the definition of Artificial Reefs, the importance of using new monitoring techniques
to determine the AR effects in terms of production of new biomass and the need for common approaches of
monitoring. Special concern was expressed on the lack of management plans, especially as regards the
monitoring and control/surveillance if the ASR sites. Because of this, there was a general consensus on the need
of drafting regional guidelines for the aspects related to the management of ARs in the GFCM area.
The SCMEE considered ARs as a powerful tool for the protection of sensitive coastal habitats against bottom
trawl fisheries and for appropriate management of small scale fisheries.
The website www.habitatartificiali.itÂ was presented. Participants agreed on the proposal of integrating and
expanding it with information from all the Mediterranean and Black Sea; it was also evaluated the possibility of
including such databaseÂ inside the GFCM Regional Information Systems.
Participants were informed about the next CARAH (Conference on Artificial reefs and Related Aquatic Habitats)
that will be held in Izmir (Turkey) in September 2013 organized by the EGE University. It was proposed to include,
in the framework of this conference, a Round Table on ARs in the GFCM Countries (Mediterranean and Black Sea).
The Workshop report is available at