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

Overfishing in the Mediterranean and Black Sea falls to lowest level in a decade

While overfishing remains a concern, The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries 2023 report (SoMFi 2023) records a drop of 15 percent in this figure over the last year.

Farmed aquatic species publication named best free culinary book in the world

This award helps to enhance the social acceptability of aquaculture and reinforces the role of the sector in the production of healthy and sustainable food.

Countries unite for a sustainable future: progress in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries and aquaculture management

More than 20 countries and the European Union have adopted 34 measures to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine living resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Together, for the future of fisheries – Antalya will host the Forum on Fisheries Science in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea in 2024

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Türkiye and the GFCM will host the second edition of the Fish Forum in Antalya, Türkiye from 19 to 23 February 2024.

New Mediterranean and Black Sea fishing gear catalogue: a milestone for fisheries management

The 400-page Catalogue of fishing gear in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region is the fruit of years of work by a team of fishing technology specialists and other experts.

GFCM pilot project on the marine life of Black Sea Sturgeons

Sturgeons are among the most iconic of all Black Sea species but also among the most threatened species groups in the basin and in the world.

The International Symposium on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (SOFAS 2023) focuses on innovation and sustainability in aquaculture

The second international meeting of the fisheries and aquatic farming communities, held in Trabzon, Türkiye, brings together more than 240 participants from 27 countries.  

In seas and stomachs: bolstering the long-term viability of sea urchins

As one of the organisms that defines the ecological system in the region, it has also been used as a model in developmental biology and as a means for assessing environmental quality. Sea urchins are sensitive to environmental conditions, and this species has been affected by climate change and pollution.

Driving sustainable change in the Mediterranean: MedFish4Ever Conference ramps up commitments for the future of fisheries and aquaculture

A high-level event on fisheries and aquaculture that closed today has brought us a step closer to a future where sustainability will drive the development of the sector in the Mediterranean.

MedFish4Ever Awards celebrate regional innovation in fisheries and aquaculture

Attendees gathered for the ceremony on the first evening of the conference, which joined high-level representatives from 20 Mediterranean fishing nations with fishers, fish farmers, scientists, managers, organizations and other experts in Malta.

The GFCM launches the Black Sea scientific database for researchers in fisheries

The platform will act as a research hub and will bring together scientists, students, administrators and members of the public interested in fisheries-related topics.  

Improving efficiency of fisheries: Selectivity pilot project tests ways to reduce catch of juveniles of commercial species

On June 8 every year, World Ocean Day is an occasion to celebrate our one shared ocean and the crucial role it plays in our lives. 

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In depth
Sustainable fisheries

The GFCM adopts an integrated approach towards achieving maximum sustainably yields while ensuring livelihoods and addressing food production.

Sustainable aquaculture

The GFCM’s work towards blue transformation is helping to create a fair and sustainable sector that is productive, profitable and globally competitive.

Healthy ecosystems

Productive fisheries and aquaculture operations require healthy seas, and conserving the marine environment is a central aspect of the GFCM’s work.

Effective compliance

The GFCM adopts binding recommendations for fisheries management and aquaculture development in the region.