General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

The BlackSea4Fish project was established in 2016 to contribute to the sustainable management of Black Sea fisheries, by providing scientific and technical support to the work of the GFCM in the region, coordinating priority activities of the GFCM Subregional Group on Stock Assessment in the Black Sea (SGSABS) and the Working Group on the Black Sea (WGBS).

The project involves Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine and the European Union, supporting them in fulfilling their objectives with regards to Black Sea fisheries, organizing activities in line with agreed workplans and in turn benefiting from their technical and, as appropriate, financial/in-kind contributions.

The project bridges gaps at the regional level, providing the WGBS with the necessary resources to efficiently execute its priority actions and supporting the implementation of the mid-term strategy (2017-2020) towards the sustainability of Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries.

BlackSea4Fish groups its activities under five outputs:

 BlackSea4Fish fulfills these objectives in a variety of ways. These include:

  • Recruiting external experts to address priority topics and carry out ad-hoc studies
  • Supporting participation of Black Sea scientists in the SGSABS and other WGBS / GFCM meetings and activities
  • Coordinating and supporting the launch and implementation of relevant mid-term strategy activities, such as surveys-at-sea, vessel monitoring and control systems, socio-economic surveys and bycatch monitoring programmes
  • Organizing new ad-hoc activities in response to knowledge gaps identified by the WGBS, in particular with the aim of improving stock assessment and knowledge on Black Sea fisheries.
  • Promoting training opportunities and capacity-building actions n Managing initiatives for outreach and dissemination of project results