General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

Subregional consultations on the second GFCM performance review - Black Sea subregion

Tue, Jul, 2019, 9am - Tue, Jul, 2019, 5am

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The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) convened the subregional consultations on the second GFCM performance review for the Black Sea subregion in Bucharest on 23 July 2019. This was done in the context of the second GFCM Performance Review, which ultimately aims at addressing developments that took place since 2011, that is when the first GFCM performance review was completed. An independent panel of experts was appointed before the consultations with a view to address key areas of GFCM performance (legal/institutional and scientific, as relating to both fisheries and aquaculture) and all its members were in attendance. The members of the panel sought in particular the views of CPCs and the non-contracting parties from the region (respectively, Bulgaria, the European Union, Romania, Turkey, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and the Russian Federation), in addition to those of the GFCM Secretariat. The meeting consisted of discussion sessions arranged by topic, spearheaded by a technical presentation delivered by the GFCM Secretariat providing background information on the second GFCM performance review. The independent panel contributed to the moderation of the discussions, with the support of the GFCM Secretariat, referring to a questionnaire it prepared beforehand to facilitate the elaboration and submission of inputs. Discussions during the meeting were broken down under relevant technical and scientific aspects and legal and institutional aspects. In discussing the GFCM performance, delegates highlighted aspects where the work of the GFCM could be allegedly improved. It was stressed that the vast majority of comments provided during the consultations was preliminary, whilst more detailed observations would be provided by CPCs through replies to the questionnaire.