General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

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


French version

The GFCM, together with the Friends of SSF platform, is pleased to announce that the SSF University programme for 2021 is now available.

So much has changed since the launch of the SSF University in February 2020, nonetheless one thing remains clear – empowering small-scale fishers is key for the long-term sustainability of the sector.

The SSF University stems from the recommendations of the Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF). Its courses are designed to offer small-scale fishers, fish workers and SSF organizations, the opportunity to exchange experiences, share good practices and learn from one another.

Each course consists of a series of 1.5-2 hour workshops on specific issues highlighted by the RPOA-SSF. To facilitate participation, interpretation will be provided in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. Additional languages may be added on an ad hoc basis depending on the interest and language needs of registered participants. 

May - July 2021 Promoting strong and innovative SSF value chains
September 2021 Decent work and social protection
October 2021 Participatory management approaches
November 2021

Collaboration between small-scale fishers and scientists: a strategy for enhancing research, data collection and fisheries management

December 2021 Small-scale fishers – guardians of our changing marine environment


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all 2021 SSF University courses are foreseen to be held virtually. Once travel will be possible again, future courses of the SSF University will aim to also promote peer-to-peer exchanges through in-person field visits. 

Participants will receive a certificate of completion, and those who have completed the SSF University courses will be given priority for funding to support their travel to attend future in-person SSF University events.


Find out more about the 2021 programme of the SSF University.


Discover some of the past courses of the SSF University
Close to 200 fishers and scientists participated in the SSF University day

More than 30 fishers from the Mediterranean to visit one of the best community-led fisheries 

Over 40 fisherwomen from 9 Member States gathered to raise awareness about their work