General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

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.


Latest news

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.

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.

Online courses on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the establishment of Allocated Zones for Aquaculture (AZA)

23/11/2020 | The GFCM online courses on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the establishment of Allocated Zones for Aquaculture (AZA), were held on Zoom on 23-27 November and 30 November – 2 December.

Close to 200 fishers and scientists participated today in the SSF University day

10/11/2020 | On Science Day, FAO Mediterranean Projects:  AdriaMed, CopeMedII, EastMed, MedSudMed,  and the GFCM BlackSea4Fish project, organized a workshop to address common regional small-scale fisheries (SSF) issues.

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. 

Black Sea Day: How an invasive sea snail triggered cooperation in the Black Sea

31/10/2020 | Rapana venosa settled and rapidly reproduced in the Black Sea, threatening local ecosystems through its prodigious appetite for other molluscs. Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine have now joined forces in an unprecedented display of regional cooperation to complete a comprehensive mapping of the species.