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Members of the research group acknowledge with thanks the support of Mr. Alain Bonzon (FAO/FIPP) who facilitated the technical co-ordination of the study, the contributions of Mr. Rino Coppola (FAO/FIRM), and the financial involvement of COPEMED. Support from COPEMED permitted Mr. Malouli Idrissi Mohammed from the Centre Régional de l'Institut National de la Recherche Halieutique (INRH) à Nador (Morocco) and Mr. José Antonio Alarcón from the Instituto Español Oceanográfico de Málaga to join in the pilot study.

Franquesa, R.; Malouli, I.M.; Alarcón, J.A.
Feasibility assessment for a database on socio-economic indicators for Mediterranean fisheries.
Studies and Reviews. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. No. 71. Rome, FAO. 2001. 55p.


This pilot study on the construction of socio-economic indicators was initiated by the Sub-Committee on Social Science, Scientific Advisory Committee, of the GFCM. It was carried out in collaboration with FAO/FIPP and COPEMED. The study focussed on a particular GFCM management unit, the Alboran Sea, in the hope that results would be applicable to other GFCM management units and the Mediterranean as a whole. Although the research team encountered difficulties in terms of non-availability of certain data and delays in the development of sampling schedules, the study was useful in demonstrating the possibilities of developing indicators and of their application for building an understandting of main socio-economic trends within a Mediterranean fisheries management unit.