General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

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The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean is a regional fisheries management organization. With 22 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.


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Identifying legal gaps to accelerate fishing sector transition

22/06/2021 | Raising awareness of existing legislations to encourage sustainable fisheries and aquaculture practices in compliance with recommendations adopted by the GFCM.

How can responsible investment ensure the sustainable growth of aquaculture?

18/06/2021 | On 1 July 2021, join the first Expert Consultation Workshop for the development of principles for responsible investment in aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

The future of precious red coral in the Mediterranean

08/06/2021 | The GFCM's research programme on red coral will provide the scientific basis for the determination of the most appropriate management measures to preserve the precious red coral in the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean and Black Sea countries unite to fight IUU fishing

05/06/2021 | The International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing is the occasion to underline that IUU fishing catches millions of tonnes of fish every year.

Strengthened cooperation on marine science and fisheries research in the Mediterranean

22/04/2021 | The GFCM signed a MoU with UMP and INRH of Morocco to support the development of training and research in the field of fisheries and marine sciences.

Launch of GFCM-Lex: a harmonized repository for fisheries legislation in the Mediterranean

06/04/2021 | The GFCM is launching GFCM-Lex, an online regional repository for fisheries and aquaculture legislation in the Mediterranean. GFCM-Lex will serve as a tool to harmonize national legislation.

Aquaculture Demonstrative Centre online – Demonstrative training on finfish pathology

05/04/2021 | The GFCM is organizing a training on Finfish Pathology from April 5, 2021 to April 13, 2021 to share the progress on animal health and management in finfish aquaculture.

SSF Forum 2021 | New programme to empower small-scale fishers

02/04/2021 | The GFCM, together with the Friends of SSF platform, is pleased to announce that the SSF Forum programme for 2021 is now available.

An underwater ally for food security and healthy ecosystems

18/03/2021 | Seaweed could well become a precious ally to meet the global challenges, from hunger to climate change, but its potential remains majorly untapped.

Training workshops on the GFCM Regional Repository of national legislation

11/03/2021 | The GFCM will host two training workshops for national stakeholders in Tunisia and Turkey on GFCM-Lex, an online repository for fisheries and aquaculture legislation in the Mediterranean.

International Women’s Day | Fishing for gender equality in a COVID-19 world

08/03/2021 | Women are often underrepresented in official statistics, potentially undermining their access to social protection programmes or resulting in their marginalization in decision-making processes (SOMFI 2020).

Bizerte lagoon: ensuring the future of a unique ecosystem and its people

23/02/2021 | In order to achieve a better integration of aquaculture, Tunisia requested, in 2019, the support of the GFCM for the establishment of an allocated zone for aquaculture (AZA) in the Bizerte Lagoon.

Celebrating Women in Science | Meet the women making scientific strides at the GFCM

11/02/2021 | On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we want to thank all of the women that contribute to our understanding, protection and management of our ocean's invaluable resources.

Experts come together to review the status of the stocks of small pelagic and demersal species in the Mediterranean

30/01/2021 | More than 80 experts from 15 countries worked together over two weeks to obtain the most up-to-date picture of the status of the stocks in the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries are turning the corner on overexploitation

14/12/2020 | New report, The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries 2020, shows that while most fish stocks remain overexploited, the number of stocks subject to overfishing has decreased for the first time in decades.

Countries of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea unite to build a new strategy for fisheries and aquaculture

03/11/2020 | Today, more than 20 ministers met under the umbrella of the GFCM to share views on how to ensure the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. 


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