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.


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Farmed aquatic foods for all tastes: The journey of twelve Mediterranean and Black Sea species from farms to your plates

11/5/2023 | A workshop promoting the social acceptability of aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and showcasing the gastronomic potential of farmed aquatic species.

Calling on young women in aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Sea countries

4/5/2023 | Following the success of its first training for young women in aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, the GFCM is organizing with FEAP and HAPO  a second edition in Greece on 11–19  June 2023. 

The GFCM family mourns the loss of Ziad Samaha

21/4/2023 | Ziad’s dedication to the ocean was uncompromising. He was highly valued by his colleagues, managers and the scientific community for his knowledge, skills and thoroughness in researching topics.

Launch of a pilot project on non-indigenous species (NIS) in the eastern Mediterranean

17/4/2023 | The pilot project aims to integrate available information, foster engagement between relevant actors, improve the understanding of the interactions of NIS with receiving ecosystems, and investigate effective management.

IYAFA: looking back, looking forwards

31/3/2023 | Today marks the end of the  International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA) 2022. It was a busy year for everyone involved, including the GFCM, and FAO is celebrating twelve months of achievements.

Highlighting best practices on allocated zones for aquaculture at joint GFCM and RECOFI workshop

23/3/2023 | More than 90 participants joined the workshop and had the chance to discuss how best to incorporate aquaculture within broader marine spatial planning frameworks and to share their experiences on site selection.

Decarbonization workshop marks launch of key GFCM initiative

18/3/2023 | This week, the GFCM held its first workshop on decarbonization – a significant new theme for the fishing sector in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.  

MAVA Foundation ends with game-changing results

9/3/2023 | This week sees the famous MAVA Foundation officially cease its operations.  

Women are expanding their role in fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

8/3/2023 | International Women’s Day 2023 is an opportunity to reflect on the contribution of women to the sector..

Fishers and scientists pledge common efforts to preserve critically endangered European eel

3/3/2023 | Dozens of fishers, scientists and administrators met this week in Orbetello, Italy to share knowledge and discuss the future of the European eel fishery in the Mediterranean Sea.

The future of aquaculture rests on women: United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science

11/2/2023 | To mark this day we highlight four young female researchers from Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Türkiye. 

Mitigation solutions aim to reduce dolphin depredation in the Mediterranean

27/1/2023 | Across the Mediterranean Sea, they approach fishing vessels and attempt to remove catch directly from fishing gear. The phenomenon is called depredation, and has been a growing concern for fishers over the last few decades. 

Closing an important year to welcome 2023 on solid bases

29/12/2022 | Discover the highlights of the year, key publications and all the activities that ensure our actions continue to translate into significant advances in addressing current and future challenges.

KAUST, MEWA and the GFCM working hand in hand for algae innovation

13/12/2022 | The International Workshop of Algae Innovation, hosted at KAUST, was held with the objective of increasing awareness on the potential of algae cultivation in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Red Sea regions.

Overfishing falls in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, but fisheries resources remain under significant stress

7/12/2022 | The latest edition of The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries (SoMFi) found excessive exploitation has diminished in the region, particularly for key species subject to multilateral management plans.

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