General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

Management plan | Blackspot seabream in the Alboran Sea (geographical subareas 1–3)

As a result of the inclusion of blackspot seabream (Pagellus bogaraveo) in the list of priority species for the western Mediterranean subregion, transitional measures for the management of blackspot seabream in the Alboran Sea were set out in 2017 (Recommendation GFCM/41/2017/2). Taking into consideration work previously done by both the Working Group on Stock Assessment of Demersal Species, who had performed a benchmark assessment, and by the Subregional Committee for the Western Mediterranean, who had laid down the technical elements in support of the management of this fishery, a new recommendation was adopted in 2019, establishing an adaptive multiannual management plan for blackspot seabream commercial fisheries using longlines and handlines.


  • Establish transitional measures limiting catch and effort
  • Establish:
    • technical measures: encouraging active trials or the adoption of alternative gear and/or mitigation measures for gear or materials having a negative impact on the seabed)
    • minimum conservation reference size of 30 cm total length
    • fleet management measures (fishing authorizations and vessel monitoring system (VMS))
    • control and enforcement dispositions (designated ports, catch recording, transshipment bans).
  • Collect information on fisheries at the country level that allows for the provision of descriptive information and advice on:
    • the characteristics of fishing gear (e.g. maximum length of longlines and fixed nets and number, type and size of hooks)
    • deployed nominal fishing effort (e.g. number of fishing days per week times the relevant unit of activity, e.g. hooks)
    • overall catch levels by commercial fishing fleets
    • estimate of recreational fisheries catches and their impacts
    • conservation and management reference points
    • socio-economic effects of alternative management scenarios
    • possible spatiotemporal closures
  • Adopt a long-term management plan in 2022

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