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General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) (FI-716)

Title General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM)
Code FI-716
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Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article XIV


Established under an Agreement drafted in Rome on 24 September 1949 and approved by the FAO Conference at its Fifth Session (1949) and which came into force on 20 February 1952.

The Agreement was amended by the GFCM at its First Special Session (1963), with the subsequent approval of the Conference at its Twelfth Session (1963, Resolution 39/63), and further amended at the Thirteenth GFCM Session (1976), with the subsequent approval of the Council at its Seventieth Session (1976, Resolution 3/70) and lately amended by the Twenty-second Session (Rome 1997) with the subsequent approval of the FAO Council, November 1997.

Rules of Procedure

Adopted at the First Special Session (1963) and amended at the Thirteenth Session (1976) and further amended at the Twenty-second Session (1997).


Category Cat. 1

To promote the development, conservation, rational management and best utilization of living marine resources in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea; to keep the economic and social aspects of the fishing industry under review and recommend measures for its development; to encourage, recommend and, as appropriate, undertake training, extension, research and development activities in all aspects of fisheries, including the protection of living marine resources (Article III of the Agreement).

Secretary Mr Abdellah Srour

Member Nations and Associate Members of the Organization which accept the Agreement in accordance with Article XI thereof. Other Nations that are Members of the United Nations, any of its Specialized Agencies or the International Atomic Energy Agency, may be admitted as Members by a two-thirds majority of the Commission's Membership.

Number of Members 24
List of Members
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • European Union (Member Organization)
  • France
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
Languages Arabic, English, French and Spanish
Document symbol GFCM
Frequency of Sessions Normally one session per year (as from 1997)
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First Session July 1952
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