General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

Management plan | European hake and deep-water rose shrimp bottom trawl fisheries in the Strait of Sicily

The Subregional technical workshop on fisheries multiannual management plans for the western, central and eastern Mediterranean (Tunisia, 2013) and the Follow-up on the implementation of management measures in selected case studies in the Mediterranean (Rome, 2015) drafted a detailed compendium of management measures applicable to the management of bottom trawling fisheries for deep-water rose shrimp (Parapenaeus longirostris) and associated species in the Strait of Sicily (GSA 12–16). In response to this work, the GFCM adopted recommendations for the management of demersal fisheries within these GSAs.


  • Protect of nursery areas and essential habitats that are important for European hake and deep-water rose shrimp stocks in the Strait of Sicily through FRAs and temporal closures
  • Gradually eliminate discards by avoiding and reducing, as far as possible, unwanted catches and progressively ensuring that catches are landed
  • Implement specific measures to address illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing (e.g. recording of catches, designation of landing ports, prohibition of transshipment, establishment of an observation and inspection programme)
  • Adjust the fishing capacity of the fleets to fishing mortality levels consistent with the MSY, so that fleets become economically viable without overexploiting marine biological resources
  • Establish an international joint inspection and surveillance scheme for the waters outside national jurisdiction in the Strait of Sicily (GSAs 12–16) (adopted in 2017 and 2018)
  • Explore the impacts of the different management measures adopted

Learn more about the GFCM's management plans.