Fishing in a congested sea: What do marine protected areas imply for the future of the Maltese artisanal fleet?


This research explores the socio-spatial challenges faced by inshore fishermen in Malta.

Novel geographic approaches combine qualitative, quantitative and visual methods within a grounded visualization framework.

The coastal zone is mosaicked by various uses which pose spatial and resource competition to fishers.

The designated marine protected areas encompass 42% of the traditional inshore fishing grounds.

Marine spatial planning necessitates effective participatory governance approaches.