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

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.

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.