General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM


The BlackSea4Fish project was established in 2016 to contribute to the sustainable management of Black Sea fisheries, by providing scientific and technical support to the work of the GFCM in the region, coordinating priority activities of the GFCM Subregional Group on Stock Assessment in the Black Sea (SGSABS) and the Working Group on the Black Sea (WGBS).

The project involves Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Türkiye, Ukraine and the European Union, supporting them in fulfilling their objectives with regards to Black Sea fisheries, organizing activities in line with agreed workplans and in turn benefiting from their technical and, as appropriate, financial/in-kind contributions.

The project bridges gaps at the regional level, providing the WGBS with the necessary resources to efficiently execute its priority actions and supporting the implementation of the mid-term strategy (2017-2020) towards the sustainability of Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries.



BlackSea4Fish fulfills its objectives in a variety of ways. These include:

  • Recruiting external experts to address priority topics and carry out ad-hoc studies
  • Supporting participation of Black Sea scientists in the SGSABS and other WGBS / GFCM meetings and activities
  • Coordinating and supporting the launch and implementation of relevant mid-term strategy activities, such as surveys-at-sea, vessel monitoring and control systems, socio-economic surveys and bycatch monitoring programmes
  • Organizing new ad-hoc activities in response to knowledge gaps identified by the WGBS, in particular with the aim of improving stock assessment and knowledge on Black Sea fisheries.
  • Promoting training opportunities and capacity-building actions n Managing initiatives for outreach and dissemination of project results


The Black Sea is landlocked. Since this enclosed sea is located on a deep depression and 90% of its volume is anoxic, fish and fisheries have concentrated on the narrow continental shelf. Its hydrography is characterized by a basin scale cyclonic boundary current encircling the entire Black Sea. Despite its size, the Black Sea displays significant regional differences with regards to climatic features. The North is extremely productive, however, the surface temperature in winter may get colder than its major fish species can tolerate. At the same period, the South offers warm shelter. The majority of the fishes are therefore forced to undergo long range, transboundary feeding, spawning and overwintering migrations. +Info




Fishery Officer, BlackSea4Fish Project Coordinator
Burgas International Congress Center Office No.4, Sea Station, 8000 Burgas, Bulgaria

Information note on the BSU