Marine protected Areas Network Towards Sustainable fisheries in the Central Mediterranean is a three year project funded by the European Commission – DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) under the theme“ Marine protected areas: network(s) for enhancement of sustainable fisheries in EU Mediterranean waters Mare/2014/41. The total budget of the project is € 700.000,00 of which 90 percent will be financed by DG MARE, and 10 percent will be funded from partners’ own budgets. Project started on 15 th of December 2015 and will last for maximum 36 months. The project coordinator is Italian National Research Council -Institute for coastal marine environment (CNR-IAMC).