General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

Scientific Advisory Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ)


Established in 1995, the CAQ is responsible for providing technical advice related to the work of the Commission and to promote the sustainable development and responsible management of marine, brackish and inland aquaculture in the area of application in a way that is consistent with an ecosystem approach to aquaculture and that takes into account the specific regional, subregional and local characteristics. In particular the CAQ shall:

  • monitor sustainable aquaculture development, following its progress and trends including through the identification, use and regular update of environmental, economic and social indicators;
  • collect and assess information and data with regard to production statistics, market data, post harvesting, culture systems, technologies used, farmed species, environmental and aquatic animal health issues, as well as any additional information considered by the Commission to be relevant and useful. Such data and information shall be provided by all parties, relevant aquaculture actors, the aquaculture multi-stakeholder platform and other programmes, and shall be maintained in related databases;
  • provide independent advice on a technical and scientific basis to facilitate the adoption of recommendations pursuant to Article 8(b) of the GFCM Agreement concerning the sustainable development of aquaculture with regard to biological, environmental, social and economic issues;
  • submit advice and reports to the Review Panel, established pursuant to the Rules of Procedure of the GFCM, if required;
  • identify and promote the development and implementation of cooperative scientific and technical research projects and programmes; and
  • carry out any other functions or responsibilities as may be conferred on it by the Commission.


The CAQ works with the support of subsidiary bodies:

  • Operational bodies:  
    • Working Group on governance and regulatory aspects
    • Working Group on environment and aquatic animal health
    • Working Group on quality and market of aquaculture products
    • Working Group on innovations and knowledge management
  • A consultative body: the GFCM Aquaculture Multi-stakeholder Platform (AMShP)
  • A body provider of relevant and accurate data/information : the Information System for the Promotion of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean (SIPAM).

The WGs shall discuss and take actions to address ad hoc issues within the context of strategic areas (SAs) identified by the AMShP that take into consideration the priorities for aquaculture development.


As regulated in the GFCM Agreement, the CAQ is coordinated by a bureau:

  Mr Houssam HAMZA (Tunisia) - 1st VICE-CHAIRPERSON
  Mr Özerdem MALTAŞ (Turkey) - 2nd VICE-CHAIRPERSON

  Election date: October 2017



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