General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM


Formal cooperation with key organisations and solid partnerships with relevant institutions and actors on matters of common interest are essential for the successful implementation of the GFCM mandate and the continuous exchange of information, best practices and ideas.

Partners with an active MoU

The GFCM has signed MoUs with a wide range of intergovernmental, non-governmental and civil society organisations with whom it cooperates and develops joint activities for mutual benefit.

  • ACCOBAMS - Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area
  • AOAD - Arab Organization for Agricultural Development
  • ATLAFCO - Ministerial Conference on fisheries cooperation among African States bordering the Atlantic Ocean
  • Black Sea Commission - The Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution
  • CIHEAM-IAMZ - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ) of the International Centre for Advanced Agronomic Mediterranean Studies (CIHEAM)
  • Eurofish - International Organisation for the Development of Fisheries in Central and Eastern Europe
  • ICES - International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
  • INFOSAMAK - Centre for marketing, information and advisory services for fishery products in the arab region
  • IUCN-Med - International Union for Conservation of Nature - Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation
  • Med-AC - Mediterranean Advisory Council
  • MedPAN - Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean
  • NEAFCNorth East Atlantic Fisheries Commission
  • OceanCare
  • UfM - Union for the Mediterranean
  • UN Environment-MAP - United Nations Environment Programme - Mediterranean Action Plan for the Barcelona Convention
  • WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature

Other key partners

The GFCM cooperates closely with other organisations in order to foster synergies, avoiding duplications and take advantage of each organisation’s comparative advantages.

  • BISAC - Black Sea Advisory Council 
  • CIESM - International Commission for the Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean Sea
  • EBCD - European Bureau for Conservation and Development
  • EFCA - European Fisheries Control Agency
  • ICCAT - International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna
  • LIFE - Low Impact Fishers of Europe Platform 
  • MSC - Marine Stewardship Council
  • Oceana
  • Pelagos - Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute
  • RAC/SPA - Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas

UN partnerships

The GFCM works with UNDOALOS, IOC-UNESCO, the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and FAO Mediterranean regional projects to translate global objectives into regional implementation and capitalize on expertise and experience in supporting Mediterranean and Black Sea countries when fulfilling their commitments towards sustainable fisheries.

FAO regional projects

  • AdriaMed - Scientific Cooperation to Support Responsible Fisheries in the Adriatic Sea
  • CopeMed II - Advice, Technical Support and Establishment of Cooperation Networks to Facilitate Coordination to Support Fisheries Management in the Western and Central Mediterranean
  • EastMed - Scientific and Institutional Cooperation to Support Responsible Fisheries in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • MedSudMed - Assessment and Monitoring of the Fishery Resources and the Ecosystems in the Straits of Sicily


The GFCM partners with various universities to develop activities designed to foster and promote education, research and technological capacities. These partnerships aim to facilitate the consolidation of a global partnership in the scientific community.