GENERAL FISHERIES COMMISSION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN

REPORT OF THE THIRTY-FIFTH SESSION
FAO Headquarters, Rome, 914 May 2011


GENERAL FISHERIES COMMISSION
FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN



GFCM REPORT 35

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2012


FAO General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean.
Report of the thirty-fifth session. FAO Headquarters, Rome, 9-14 May 2011.
GFCM Report. No. 35. Rome, FAO. 2012. 164 pp.

ABSTRACT

The thirty-fifth session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), including the second session of the Committee on Administration and Finance (CAF) and the fifth session of the Compliance Committee (CoC), was attended by representatives from 22 Contracting Parties, two non-GFCM Member Countries and seven Observers. The Commission reviewed the intersessional activities of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ) and, on the basis of the results obtained, adopted binding Recommendations on the exploitation of red coral, on reducing incidental bycatch of seabirds, on the bycatch of sea turtles and on the conservation of the Mediterranean monk seal, as well as Resolutions on data confidentiality policy and procedures and rules related to the submission of new proposals to the annual sessions of the Commission. It also endorsed five new Recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) of relevance to the Mediterranean and amended Recommendations on the GFCM logbook and on reporting of aquaculture data and information. The Commission addressed issues arising from the results of the GFCM performance review and decided to establish a task force to review the recommendations made by the expert panel and to propose options to improve the functioning of the Commission. Furthermore, the Commission elected a new GFCM Executive Secretary, renewed its bureau and endorsed the nominations of the new bureaus of the CAF, CoC and CAQ. It agreed to strengthen the Secretariat with new posts whilst freezing the post of Deputy Executive Secretary for 2012. The progress made with regards to the new headquarters of the Commission and the imminent move of the Secretariat to these premises was welcomed by all delegations. The Commission adopted its 2011 autonomous budget at a value of US $ 1 708 239 along with its programme of work for 2011, including the convening of 25 technical meetings, and agreed to establish an ad hoc Working Group on the Black Sea issues.



Table of Contents

OPENING OF THE SESSION 

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SESSION

REPORT ON THE 2010 INTERSESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

SECOND SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

GFCM PERFORMANCE REVIEW

ELECTION OF GFCM EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

FIFTH SESSION OF THE COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE (COC)

MANAGEMENT OF MEDITERRANEAN FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE

PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR THE INTERSESSIONAL PERIOD 2011

REPORT OF THE FIFTH SESSION OF THE COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE (COC)

REPORT OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE (CAF)

GFCM BUDGET AND MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS

ANY OTHER MATTERS

ELECTION OF GFCM BUREAU

DATE AND PLACE OF NEXT SESSION

ADOPTION OF THE REPORT

   

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