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Fisheries Restricted Areas (FRAs)

As an RFMO, the GFCM is entitled to adopt spatial management measures that regulate and/or restrict fishing activities in its area of application, e.g. by establishing total closures or prohibiting the use of some fishing gear.

Since 2006, seven FRAs have been established to ensure the protection of deep-sea sensitive habitats and of essential fish habitats (EFH) in well-defined sites. In addition, in 2005, the GFCM prohibited the use of towed dredges and trawl nets in all waters deeper than 1000 metres to protect little-known deep-sea benthic habitats in the Mediterranean. In 2016, this large protected area below 1000 metres was officially declared a FRA by the Commission.


Download the form to propose new FRAs to GFCM