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

Empowering young women to lead a sustainable aquaculture sector in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

19/09/2022 |A seven-day training took 21 participants from 16 countries, selected among 150 applicants, on a tour of some of the most successful and innovative aquaculture farms in Tunisia. 

Invasive species are changing the nature of the Mediterranean Sea

15/09/2022 |The Mediterranean Sea is being invaded by hundreds of fish, jellyfish, prawns and other marine species from outside the region, causing concern about the threat they pose to marine ecosystems and local fishing communities.

SSF Summit: more than 200 fishers from all continents met in Rome to celebrate IYAFA

04/09/2022 | Fishers, fisheries associations, non-governmental organizations and government representatives highlight the role SSF plays in global food production and call for increased support to improve their sustainability and social well-being.

Spotlight on “pescaturismo”: How bringing tourism into their business helps small-scale fishers protect their livelihoods and their fish

01/09/2022 | Passengers take part in a centuries-old local value chain that responsibly feeds communities and stewards marine resources.  “What we like is contact with the people, especially showing young people the world of fishing."

New measures in Gulf of Lion to protect precious Mediterranean fish stocks and habitats

23/06/2022 | France together with Spain are set to roll out stricter measures in the Gulf of Lion to protect precious fish stocks and habitats as part of conservation efforts supported by the GFCM. 

GFCM unveils MedSea4Fish, an ambitious fisheries programme to continue turning the corner on overexploitation in Mediterranean Sea

21/06/2022 |MedSea4Fish aims to better equip and skill over 20 GFCM countries as well as spur actions at the national, subregional and regional levels.

Right data in the right hands at the right time = better decisions to preserve and manage the resources 

8/06/2022 | At the GFCM, we believe that when the right data and information are in the right hands at the right time, decisions can be better informed.

Tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

05/06/2022 | Whilst we are yet to know the full extent of IUU fishing’s impacts on fish stocks and marine resources in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, we do know that, every year, up to 26 million tonnes of fish are caught as a result of IUU fishing globally.

9 topics, 9 features: Stewarding a swiftly-changing sea

31/05/2022 | For small-scale fishing communities, how fisheries interact with the environment is ever more critical in the face of the accelerating changes taking place in the region. Discover the new feature of the GFCM series about the RPOA-SSF.

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Latest publications

Aquaculture market in the Black Sea: country profiles

Overview of the state of aquaculture markets in 2020 for the six countries surrounding the Black Sea: Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine, including data and trends of aquaculture production, trade and marketing.  +info

The Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

The Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF) is a historic political commitment setting out a ten-year roadmap towards the long-term environmental, economic and social sustainability of the sector. +info

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


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