General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM


The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean – referred to as The Commission – is governed by the decisions of its 23 Contracting Parties. It holds its statutory sessions on an annual basis to review and assess the implementation of its yearly workplan, adopt relevant decisions (recommendations and resolutions for the management and conservation of fisheries and the sustainable development of aquaculture), endorse its autonomous budget and agree on its future priorities and direction. It can convene, as appropriate, special or extraordinary sessions, at the request or with the approval of the majority of its members.

The sessions of the Commission are attended by delegates of members or their alternates, experts, advisers and observers. Each member has the right to one vote except in the case of a regional economic integration organization (REIO) which is entitled to the number of votes equal to the number of its member States which are also members of the Commission. Competence and voting power over specific issues addressed at the sessions are indicated by REIOs prior to the session. REIOs cannot exercise their votes when their member States exercise theirs and vice versa.

The Commission also sees the participation of select Cooperating non-Contracting Parties and allows relevant partner organizations to contribute as observers.

As regulated in the GFCM Agreement, the Commission is coordinated by a Bureau.