More than 900 foreign species invaded the Mediterranean Sea in recent years due to climate change and other environmental pressures. That’s both a challenge and an opportunity. While these newcomers can seriously impact biodiversity, heralding the loss of some “native” species, they also represent new economic opportunity for commercial fishing — and local chefs are starting to embrace the new ingredients! In this episode, we’ll see how the invasive pearl oyster gave a boost to local fishing, aquaculture and culinary education in Western Greece, and how the blue crab — a long-time fishermen’s bane ruining their nets and spoiling catches — has become a lucrative commercial species and an integral part of local seafood scene in Catalonia, Spain.
OCEAN is a Euronews magazine in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE). Season 4 features monthly 8-minute videos, where we discover fascinating projects and developments related to the ocean and coastal communities.
Broadcast since 2019, OCEAN features episodes on marine protected areas, small-scale fisheries, ocean energy, aquaculture, IUU fishing, sustainable fisheries and much more. Missed one? Check them out on the Euronews website! You will also find some nice extras about these topics.
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- Publication date
- 31 May 2022
- Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries