General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean is a regional fisheries management organization. With 23 member countries & the EU, its main objective is to ensure the conservation and the sustainable use of living marine resources as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean and in the Black Sea.


Latest news

Agreement for the creation of a subregional technical unit in Malaga

23/10/2020 | On the week of the celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations, the City Council of Málaga and FAO have signed an administrative agreement for the establishment of a Technical Unit of the GFCM in Málaga.

Aquaculture survey kicks off in Lebanon, aiming to support the growth of the sector

15/09/2020 | In an effort to relieve the crisis currently shaking the country, Lebanon is partnering with the GFCM to support the sustainable development of Lebanese aquaculture as a source of employment and food security in the country.


Launch of scientific survey-at-sea for rapa whelk in the Black Sea

31/08/2020 | As rapa whelk is currently fished close to its sustainable limit, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine have joined forces to launch a comprehensive survey of the species in the Black Sea.


Technical guidelines for scientific surveys in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea now available in e-book version.

14/08/2020 | Readers can download these device-friendly versions of the publication available on Apple, Amazon, Google Books and Smashwords.

Hundreds tune in for the GFCM Online Forum dedicated to building fisheries and aquaculture resilience post COVID-19

03/08/2020 | More than 800 experts from 67 countries joined 32 panelists to discuss how best to improve the resilience and sustainability of the fishing and aquaculture sectors post COVID-19.

#COFIDialogues | What does the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework mean for fisheries and aquaculture?

15/07/2020 | The FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) is the leading intergovernmental forum where international fisheries and aquaculture issues are examined. Join the GFCM and participate in the #COFIDialogues this week.

COVID-19: Updated analysis of the impacts on fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

30/06/2020 | This updated analysis seeks to document the evolving situation of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the region, covering the period from mid-May 2020 to mid-June 2020.

Online training workshops on data-limited methods for the assessment of sardinella in the Eastern Mediterranean

29.06.2020 | The GFCM has been holding, jointly with FAO EastMed, a series of online workshops to advance towards the benchmark assessment of round sardinella in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Register to our upcoming technical presentations on the Black Sea

29.06.2020 | The BlackSea4Fish project is launching a series of five online technical presentations on fishery-related topics of specific interest to the Black Sea to advance knowledge and exchange best practices.

Launch of a research programme on European eel in the Mediterranean

19.06.2020 | The GFCM is teaming scientific partners and focal points from nine countries to launch the first research programme on European eel in the Mediterranean Sea towards coordination of stock management and recovery.

GEF Council endorses two FAO/GFCM projects supporting sustainability in Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has endorsed two projects of more than USD 12 million to reverse the overexploitation of select commercial fisheries.

International Day for the Fight against IUU Fishing

05/06/2020 | States face new challenges to monitor, control and surveil fishing operations, and to ensure the implementation of sustainable fisheries management. Join us on Friday 5 June to discuss innovations and digitalisation to #FightIUUFishing.

Tune in to our virtual seminar 'Aquaculture and Marine Spatial Planning'

29/05/2020 | Wednesday, 3 June, the GFCM presented a virtual seminar on aquaculture and marine spatial planning: highlights on the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

COVID-19: Impact on fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

27/04/2020 | The GFCM conducted a preliminary analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region.

Over 4 000 participants tune in to free online courses on aquaculture techniques

24/04/2020 | The GFCM has launched free online courses on techniques and technologies in aquaculture, developed in close collaboration with the GFCM Aquaculture Demonstrative Centres (ADC) in Turkey and Romania.