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.


Latest news

Meet the new Executive Secretary of the GFCM: Dr Miguel Bernal 

1/12/2022 | After a selection process overseen by FAO management and GFCM contracting parties, the nomination of Miguel Bernal by FAO Director-General Dr Qu Dongyu was unanimously approved at the forty-fifth session of the GFCM.

The human face behind the RPOA-SSF: 9 topics, 9 features

21/11/2022 | Discover the latest features of the Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: Scientific research, SSF management measures and Capacity building.

Countries take concrete steps toward achieving sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

14/11/2022 |More than twenty countries and the European Union adopted 21 measures to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine living resources.

The GFCM marks its 70th anniversary

07/11/2022 | The GFCM has evolved from a tool for countries to discuss fishery-related issues to a commission which adopts binding recommendations for fisheries and aquaculture in the region,” says Roland Kristo.

GFCM celebrates its 70th year with the launch of a new logo

07/11/2022 |The new logo and accompanying visual elements communicate the values enshrined in the GFCM’s mandate as a modern regional fisheries management organization.

International Symposium on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences looks forward to a more innovative aquaculture sector

05/11/2022 |Nearly 200 experts, scientists and academics from 23 countries gathered in Trabzon, Türkiye, to attend the SOFAS 2022.

GFCM-Lex project takes stock of important achievements with a region-wide legal framework established

12/10/2022 |This workshop marked the final event under the umbrella of the current GFCM-Lex project.

Restorative aquaculture: a way forward for sea urchins in the Mediterranean

4/10/2022 |Sea urchins are very sensitive to environmental conditions, especially in the early stages of life, and they require intensive monitoring and special attention during the production process. 

Empowering young women to lead a sustainable aquaculture sector in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

19/09/2022 |A seven-day training took 21 participants from 16 countries, selected among 150 applicants, on a tour of some of the most successful and innovative aquaculture farms in Tunisia. 

Invasive species are changing the nature of the Mediterranean Sea

15/09/2022 |The Mediterranean Sea is being invaded by hundreds of fish, jellyfish, prawns and other marine species from outside the region, causing concern about the threat they pose to marine ecosystems and local fishing communities.

SSF Summit: more than 200 fishers from all continents met in Rome to celebrate IYAFA

04/09/2022 | Fishers, fisheries associations, non-governmental organizations and government representatives highlight the role SSF plays in global food production and call for increased support to improve their sustainability and social well-being.

GFCM unveils MedSea4Fish, an ambitious fisheries programme to continue turning the corner on overexploitation in Mediterranean Sea

21/06/2022 |MedSea4Fish aims to better equip and skill over 20 GFCM countries as well as spur actions at the national, subregional and regional levels.

Tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

05/06/2022 | Whilst we are yet to know the full extent of IUU fishing’s impacts on fish stocks and marine resources in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, we do know that, every year, up to 26 million tonnes of fish are caught as a result of IUU fishing globally.

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Latest publications

BlackSea4Fish - Activities and achievements: 2020-2021

In 2020 and 2021, BlackSea4Fish focused on increasing scientific knowledge to support fisheries management by improving data collection and scientific advice for priority species through scientific surveys, enhanced stock assessments and capacity building. +info

Guidelines in support of social acceptability for sustainable aquaculture development. 

This publication presents guidelines prepared and adopted by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) to improve the social acceptability of the aquaculture sector in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. +info