General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

Sofia Ministerial Declaration

This historic declaration was signed in Sofia on 7 June 2018 by the ministers and high-level representatives of Black Sea riparian countries in conclusion of the High-level Conference on Black Sea fisheries and aquaculture. The Sofia Declaration sets concrete objectives and actions that should help develop a comprehensive regional governance in the Black Sea. This should be achieved thanks to greater solidarity and coordination among all riparian countries in order to fight illegal unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), improve data collection and science, improve fisheries management, and support sustainable small-scale fisheries and aquaculture. The many threats faced by the Black Sea, a peculiar marine basin with specific environmental conditions and human activities, need indeed to be properly addressed in order to secure the region's ecological and economic wealth and viable livelihoods for coastal communities.

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