Mediterranean fisheries commission to be headquartered in Rome
Body helps promote responsible fishing
22 February 2005, Rome - FAO's General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) announced yesterday that it has selected Palazzo Blumenstihl in Rome as the site of its new headquarters.
The GFCM is an intergovernmental organization established within the FAO framework and comprised of 23 Member countries and the Commission of the European Union. Its mission is to promote the development, rational management, responsible utilization and conservation of living marine resources in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
The GFCM is meeting February 21 through February 25 at FAO in Rome. Other issues being discussed include the ecosystem approach to fisheries, deep sea fishing, and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
The Commission will also select its Executive Secretary and consider specific recommendations for strengthening the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean and management of commercial fish species in some areas.
Networks for responsible fisheries
Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) like the GFCM allow governments to cooperate closely on management of fisheries at the regional level.
Worldwide, there are currently some 39 RFBs in operation. Eleven of them were established by FAO and while operating within the Organization's framework they function largely independently.
The GFCM's members are: Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the European Commission, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.
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