General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

9 topics, 9 features: the human face behind the RPOA-SSF

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

BlackSea4Fish online technical presentation series

09/11/2021 | These online technical presentations will provide regional experts with an opportunity to advance their knowledge and exchange ideas on specific technical issues related to advice and management of resources in the Black Sea.


New measures to protect marine resources in the Adriatic

06/11/2021 | After a successful experiment in Jabuka Pomo Pit, governments have agreed to set up various fisheries restricted areas (FRA) throughout the Adriatic Sea, at the 44th session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean.


Concrete steps taken against ghost fishing in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

06/11/2021 | At the 44th session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, a resolution that was adopted addressing abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded fishing gear is the first of its kind in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.


Major steps forward for fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

06/11/2021 | After a week of intense discussions, the GFCM countries adopted 35 decisions to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine living resources in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.


Aquaculture Demonstrative Centre online - Demonstrative training on sturgeon aquaculture

26/10/2021 | The GFCM, in collaboration with experts from the Central Fisheries Research Institute (SUMAE) is organizing a five-day online training course on sturgeon aquaculture from 15 to 19 November 2021.


Launch of a scientific survey on fisheries resources in Lebanon

30/09/2021 | For the first time ever, a scientific survey on fisheries resources will be carried out to discover what lies at the bottom of the sea in Lebanon.


Non-indigenous species and fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea | The case of the blue crab

01/09/2021 | With over 900 non-indigenous species in the Mediterranean Sea and almost 300 in the Black Sea, fisheries are adapting to take into account the ever-changing marine ecosystem. 


Launch of surveys-at-sea in Algeria to improve the management of fish stocks

30/08/2021 | The GFCM has signed a Letter of Agreement with Algeria for the execution of a joint pelagic and joint demersal survey in Algerian waters, with the National Centre for Research and Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CNRDPA).  

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Latest publications

Non-indigenous species in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

This review – in addition to providing images and descriptions of relevant species to aid in identification – presents a unique historical and regional perspective on these species’ impacts, based off many years’ worth of research.  +info


Handbook for data collection on recreational fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

The main goal of this handbook is to provide a clear methodological framework to allow Mediterranean and Black Sea countries to implement suitably harmonized sampling and survey monitoring schemes for recreational fisheries. +info


Incidental catch of vulnerable species in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries: A review

This publication offers an overview of historical and current trends in the bycatch of five important groups of vulnerable species in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: seabirds, sea turtles, elasmobranchs, marine mammals and macrobenthic invertebrates. +info


Overview of mitigation measures to reduce the incidental catch of vulnerable species in fisheries

This literature review presents information on mitigation measures and techniques that have been developed and tested worldwide in order to address both the incidental catch of highly mobile species and depredation caused by dolphins. +info

The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries (SoMFi) 2020

Biennial publication providing a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the status and trends of fisheries, based on the data regularly submitted by GFCM member countries and on the most recent information produced by the GFCM scientific bodies. +info

 

The Small Scale Fishers' Forum (SSF Forum)

A place for small-scale fishers and fish workers from the region to come together, share knowledge and exchange best practices to build capacity on common issues and jointly identify opportunities and alternative scenarios for their resources management. +info