The Faial-Pico Channel Marine Protected Area (MPA) is rich in biodiversity and central to the local society and economy, valued by recreational and commercial fishers, tourism operators, locals, and tourists. This AQUACROSS workshop discussed (1) how local stakeholder management of the Channel could work, and (2) how stakeholders want the Channel managed in the future. The workshop proceedings are available for download.
Local stakeholders, including fishers, diving operators, scientists, and policymakers, discussed how collaborative decision making could sustainably protect the channel and ensure benefits for all stakeholders. The specific objectives of the workshop were to develop a concrete plan for stakeholder management of the Faial-Pico Channel MPA, and to discuss and outline future management plans, including specific managment measures, for the Faial-Pico Channel MPA.
This workshop built on a first AQUACROSS workshop, which took place in October 2017 and considered the current state and management of the Faial-Pico Channel MPA.