Objectives The purpose of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean is to promote the development, conservation, rational management and best utilization of living marine resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in its area of competence. Functions
The Commission has the following functions and responsibilities:
GFCM area of competence - High seas, National watersSpecies and stocks coverageAll living marine resource within the area of competence. Legal FrameworkThe "Agreement for the Establishment of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean" was adopted under Article XIV of the FAO Constitution in 1949 and entered into force on 20 February 1952. It was amended three times (1963, 1972 and 1997) and it is available at
The designations employed and the presentation of material in the map(s) are for illustration only and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.
The GFCM's Rules of Procedure and Financial Regulations are also available at the same link. Following a two-year performance review, and according to the decisions taken by the Commission at its 36th and 37th Session, an amendment process of the GFCM legal framework is currently ongoing. Languages The official languages of the Commission are , Arabic, English, French, Spanish. Members
The Members of the Commission shall be such Members and Associate Members of the FAO and such non-member States as are members of the United Nations, any of its Specialized Agencies or the International Atomic Energy Agency, that are:
Member: Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, European Union, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey.Structure
The GFCM holds its regular session annually.
The Commission operates during the intersessional period by means of its four committees, namely the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), the Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ), the Compliance Committee (CoC), the Committee of Administration and Finance (CAF)and their subsidiary bodies, such as the ad hoc Working Group on the Black Sea. The Commission implements its policy and activities through the Secretariat.Publications
GFCM "Statistics and Information" are available at: http://www.gfcm.org/gfcm/topic/16103/en, while GFCM "Reports and Documents" are available at http://188.8.131.52/GfcmWebSite/MeetingsReportsRepository.html
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