Report of the thirty-sixth session, Marrakech, Morocco, 14-19 May 2012
FAO General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean.   Report of the thirty-sixth session. Marrakech, Morocco, 14-19 May 2012.

GFCM Report. No. 36

Report of the thirty-sixth session
Marrakech, Morocco, 14–19 May 2012





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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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ABSTRACT

FAO General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean.
Report of the thirty-sixth session. Marrakech, Morocco, 14–19 May 2012.
GFCM Report. No. 36. Rome, FAO. 2012. 71 pp.

The thirty-sixth session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), including the third session of the Committee on Administration and Finance (CAF) and the sixth session of the Compliance Committee (CoC), was attended by representatives from 19 Contracting Parties, two non-GFCM Member countries and 18 observers. It coincided with the sixtieth anniversary of the entry into force of the GFCM constitutive agreement. The Commission reviewed the intersessional activities of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ) as well as the outcomes of the Task Force established to modernise the GFCM legal and institutional framework. In this respect, it decided to launch a process of revision of the basic texts of the GFCM. Furthermore, the Commission adopted binding recommendations based on scientific advice for the exploitation of red coral, the mitigation of incidental catches of cetaceans and the conservation of sharks, skates and rays together with a resolution on guidelines for allocated zones for aquaculture. The framework for the implementation of multiannual management plans for Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries, including at sub-regional level, was discussed. The Commission adopted its 2012 autonomous budget, amounting to US$ 1 805 027, along with its programme of work for the intersession, including the convening of several technical meetings and of the second session of its Working Group on the Black Sea. In order to discharge its duties, and as a support to the Task Force activities, the Commission endorsed the first GFCM Framework Programme for 2013–2018. This programme, which is aimed at enhanching sustainable development and cooperation in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea through a better management of fisheries and aquaculture was heralded by the signature of seven Memoranda of Understanding (with UNEP-MAP, ACCOBAMS, ICES, the Black Sea Commission, MedPAN, Eurofish and RAC/MED), which were adopted by the Commission, and by the review of the activities carried out by the FAO Regional Projects.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPENING OF THE SESSION


ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SESSION


ISSUES RELATED TO THE COOPERATION WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTY ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE SIGNATURE OF MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING


REPORT ON THE INTERSESSIONAL ACTIVITIES 2011–2012


THIRD SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE


SIXTH SESSION OF THE COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE (COC)


ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY THE FAO REGIONAL PROJECTS TO SUPPORT SAC AND CAQ WORKPLAN


ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDATIONS ON FUTURE ACTIONS CONCERNING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE TASK FORCE ON THE MODERNISATION OF THE GFCM LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK


INTRODUCTION OF THE FIRST FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND THE BLACK SEA


MANAGEMENT OF MEDITERRANEAN FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE


PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR THE INTERSESSIONAL PERIOD 2012–2013


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


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


GFCM BUDGET AND MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS


ISSUES RELATING TO THE ELECTION OF THE SAC BUREAU, INCLUDING THE ENDORSEMENT OF APPOINTED SUB-COMMITTEE COORDINATORS


ANY OTHER MATTERS


DATE AND PLACE OF THE NEXT SESSION


ADOPTION OF THE REPORT


APPENDIXES

A –

List of participants

B –

Agenda

C –

List of documents

D –

Resolution GFCM/36/2012/1 on guidelines on allocated zones for aquaculture (AZA)

E –

Recommendation GFCM/36/2012/1 on further measures for the exploitation of red coral in the GFCM area

F –

Recommendation GFCM/36/2012/2 on mitigation of incidental catches of cetaceans in the GFCM area

G –

Recommendation GFCM/36/2012/3 on fisheries management measures for conservation of sharks and rays in the GFCM area

H –

Draft Recommendation on the establishment of a set of minimum standards for bottom-set gillnet fisheries for turbot and conservation of cetaceans in the Black Sea

I –

Guidelines on a general management framework and presentation of scientific information for multiannual management plans for sustainable fisheries in the GFCM area

J –

Report of the sixth session of the Committee of Compliance (CoC)

K –

Report of third session of the Committee on Administration and Finance (CAF)

L –

Draft Regional Plan of Action (RPOA) for the Management of Fishing Capacity in the GFCM area

M –

GFCM autonomous budget for 2012

N –

Contributions to the GFCM autonomous budget for 2012


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