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

New measures in Gulf of Lion to protect precious Mediterranean fish stocks and habitats

23/06/2022 | France together with Spain are set to roll out stricter measures in the Gulf of Lion to protect precious fish stocks and habitats as part of conservation efforts supported by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


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 so that the GFCM and its partners can continue turning the corner on overexploitation in the Mediterranean Sea.


Right data in the right hands at the right time = better decisions to preserve and manage the resources of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

8/06/2022 | At the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), we believe that when the right data and information are in the right hands at the right time, decisions can be better informed.


9 topics, 9 features: Harnessing the power of data 

8/06/2022 | Fisheries management needs good data – but this is not so easy to get for SSF, for a variety of reasons. The Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF) aims to bring fishers into the data collection process.


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 – valued at about USD 10-23 billion – are caught as a result of IUU fishing globally.


World Environment Day 2022: Focus on the eastern Mediterranean Sea – a hotspot for non-indigenous species

05/06/2022 | The eastern area of the Mediterranean Sea is brimming with non-indigenous species – i.e. species that have travelled, often over large distances, and taken root in new waters. These species include fish, jellyfish, snails, prawns, urchins and more.


9 topics, 9 features: Stewarding a swiftly-changing sea

31/05/2022 | For small-scale fishing communities, how fisheries interact with the environment is ever more critical in the face of the accelerating changes taking place in the region. Discover the new feature of the GFCM series about the RPOA-SSF.


Aquatic food in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: From farm to fork

27/05/2022 | The GFCM teams up with the Institut Paul Bocuse Research Center and with Mediterranean and Black Sea producers to create a guide highlighting the journey of aquaculture species in the region from farm to fork.


Five things to know about rapa whelk

09/05/2022 | Over 900 non-indigenous species – be that fish, molluscs such as mussels, or crustaceans such as prawns – have been spotted in the Mediterranean Sea, and almost 300 in the Black Sea. Rapa whelk is one of them. But what is it exactly, and why should we learn about it?


Recent boom in aquaculture under threat in the Black Sea region

25/04/2022 | The Black Sea region has seen over recent years a boom in aquaculture and in the trade of seafood, but conflict is set to hamper this growth in Ukraine and threatens to disrupt seafood trade and supply chains in the region, says the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).


Turning sea urchins into premium seafood: a win for Mediterranean aquaculture farmers, fishers and marine ecosystems

22/04/2022 | Q&A with Georgios Paximadis, Aquaculture Expert at the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


Aquaculture can play a greater role in fighting hunger and malnutrition: how the GFCM is helping Lebanon, Syria and Palestine boost fish farming

06/04/2022 | The benefits of aquaculture can be priceless: greater food security and nutrition, stronger local economies, and more jobs.


The SSF Forum in the Black Sea is coming together to tackle rapa whelk

29/03/2022 | workshops involving fishers, consumers, fishery management authorities and more will kick off on 29 March 2022.


Underwater noise pollution: a transboundary source of pollution detrimental to fish and marine-based livelihoods

15/03/2022 | We are expanding the evidence base on the impact of anthropogenic underwater noise in marine ecosystems, the interruption of which can have grave socioeconomic implications.



Fishing for the future in the Mediterranean

02/03/2022 | Fisheries Restricted Areas offer a win-win situation for the fishers and the environment as marine biodiversity recovers and fishers benefit from increasingly abundant and valuable catches.

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Latest publications

Aquaculture market in the Black Sea: country profiles

Overview of the state of aquaculture markets in 2020 for the six countries surrounding the Black Sea: Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine, including data and trends of aquaculture production, trade and marketing.  +info


The Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

The Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF) is a historic political commitment setting out a ten-year roadmap towards the long-term environmental, economic and social sustainability of the sector. +info


Non-indigenous species in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

This review – in addition to providing images and descriptions of relevant species to aid in identification – presents a unique historical and regional perspective on these species’ impacts, based off many years’ worth of research.  +info

 

The Small Scale Fishers' Forum (SSF Forum)

A place for small-scale fishers and fish workers from the region to come together, share knowledge and exchange best practices to build capacity on common issues and jointly identify opportunities and alternative scenarios for their resources management. +info