General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

BlackSea4Fish Activities & achievements

Between 2018-2019, the BlackSea4Fish project focused on increasing scientific knowledge to support fisheries management, by improving data collection and scientific advice for priority species through scientific surveys and enhanced stock assessment (output 1), as well as through capacity-building (output 5). It also launched select mid-term strategy activities in specific countries, in response to needs identified over the years by the Subregional Group on Stock Assessment in the Black Sea (SGSABS) and in line with the recommendations and workplan of the Working Group on the Black Sea (WGBS).

Notably, the project organized data preparation meetings for sprat and turbot (two for each species, as well as bilateral consultations) and assisted the benchmark sessions.

  • For anchovy, efforts concentrated on age reading (the project organized an otolith exchange and a dedicated expert meeting) and stock assessment (trials were conducted with a statistical catch at age assessment model, SAM).
  • For rapa whelk the project did a significant amount of work towards fulfilling the requirements of the research programme adopted by the GFCM, including a coordination meeting for its implementation, the harmonization of data collection, the planning of ad-hoc surveys-at-sea (definition of a survey protocol and performance of an experimental trawl survey) and a workshop to define an age reading protocol for future use.

For the first time, training of scientists from all riparian countries on pelagic acoustic surveys and a transnational acoustic surveyat- sea in Georgia were organized with the use of a Turkish research vessel.

Work carried out in support of the mid-term strategy activities included i) an increased focus on small-scale fisheries (output 2), for which a comprehensive socio-economic survey was launched in select Black Sea countries; and ii) the improvement of bycatch monitoring (output 4), for which data collection for discards through observers on board was launched in select countries.

Finally, the project launched a number of initiatives under output 5 to target the irregular regional expertise in stock assessment and models, to improve technical capacity in the Black Sea (a need frequently highlighted by the WGBS), and to disseminate the project results.

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BlackSea4Fish activities and achievements in 2018-2019

  • 4 Data preparation meetings

  • 2 Benchmark assessments

  • 2 Technical workshops

  • 2 Scientific surveys-at-sea

  • 4 Training opportunities

  • 1 Socio-economic survey

  • 2 Bycatch monitoring programmes