In a nutshell


PROTOMEDEA stands for "PROTecting MEDiterranean EAst" and is a project, in response to the call for “Marine Protected Areas: network(s) for the enhancement of sustainable fisheries in EU Mediterranean waters” (Ref. MARE/2014/41), funded by the European Union DG MARE, which will be running for 40 months (December 2015 till April 2019).

Its ultimate goal is to design a Marine Protected Area (MPA) network in the study areas, taking into account the protection of ecological characteristics and Essential Fish Habitats (EFH), significant areas for fisheries, as well as their socio-economic impacts through a participatory bottom-up process.

More specifically, the project focuses on proposing Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks aiming to achieve the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Within this context, mapping of existing MPAs and EFHs is foreseen, while the development of ECOPATH models in selected MPAs will be considered, using previous and new data, in order to assess the current overall contribution of MPAs in fisheries sustainability. Additionally, what-if scenarios of MPAs’ impacts on MSY and ECOPATH/ECOSPACE models will be evaluated and discussed with a wide range of stakeholders in order to propose commonly agreed and more effective MPAs in the study areas. Moreover, different management schemes will be developed and examined in order to support the optimization of fisheries management.

Why PROTOMEDEA as an acronym?

Protomedea (Protomedeia) was an ancient Greek sea Goddess, one of the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris, well known as the Nereids (i.e. the daughters of Nereus). Her name means Guardian and she was the one that guards, protects and treats those in need for help. Nowadays, the marine environment itself is in need for help; seeking for protection. Therefore the acronym of the Project was selected as the most appropriate for the targets set by the call, and PROTOMEDEA project aspires to act as a guardian for the conservation of the marine environment, and the sustainability of its goods and services.

PROTOMEDEA’s study areas

PROTOMEDEA focuses on two study areas including the Greek territorial and international waters in the Aegean Sea and Cyprus’s territorial waters (up to 12 nm from the coast).

PROTOMEDEA’s consortium

The project’s consortium consists of 6 partners (HCMR, UAegean, AUTH, CNR, ENALIA, UCY) from 3 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean (Greece, Cyprus and Italy), coordinated by the Hellenic Centre of Marine Research (HCMR) based in Athens, Greece. The project coordinator is Dr. Paraskevi Karachle.


Dr Paraskevi Karachle

Project Coordinator, Main Researcher
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
47 km Athinon – Souniou
GR 19013 Anavyssos, Attiki, Greece
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About Us

PROTOMEDEA stands for "Towards the establishment of Marine Protected Area Networks in the Eastern Mediterranean"

The project will be running for 36 months, from December 2015 to November 2018

and the level of funding amounts to EUR 600.000.