General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

Aquaculture Demonstration Centres

Aquaculture Demonstration Centres (ADCs) are one of the GFCM’s most important tools for promoting sustainable aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. These centres act as specialized hubs where the sector can share knowledge, promote technical cooperation and increase stakeholder capacity at a subregional level. Specifically, they function as technical units tailored to the features of each subregion, aiming to fulfil the following objectives:

  1. Further scientific research and innovation.
  2. Provide hands-on technical and technological support.
  3. Showcase best practices in aquatic food production.
  4. Advance education and increase stakeholders’ skills, focusing in particular on women, youth and small-scale farmers.
  5. Promote collaboration and partnerships.

The GFCM’s ADCs are open to all sector stakeholders and play a unique role given the increasing importance of aquaculture in the blue economy and in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The first two ADCs were established in the Black Sea: the Grigore Antipa National Institute for Marine Research and Development (NIMRD) in Constanta, Romania for shellfish; and the Central Fisheries Research Institute (CFRI) in Trabzon, Turkey for finfish. Following their success and in light of requests made by member countries, the GFCM plans to establish more Aquaculture Demonstration Centres in the region in the years to come, including Tunisia and Egypt.

GFCM ACTIONS

  • Establishment of ADCs to promote sustainable aquaculture in the Black Sea.
  • Capacity building for aquaculture stakeholders through several demonstrative trainings, including:
    • Black Sea turbot farming and restocking;
    • mussel farming;
    • shellfish pathologies; and
    • recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) for trout.
  • Development of online trainings to provide free courses on techniques and technologies in aquaculture.

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