General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

Commission - 43rd session

04 November 2019 - 08 November 2019

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The forty-third session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) and the tenth session of the Committee on Administration and Finance were attended by delegates of 19 contracting parties, as well as of three cooperating non-contracting parties and two non-contracting parties. Representatives from 13 intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its regional projects, as well as the Bureaus of the Commission and its subsidiary bodies, were also in attendance.

During the session, progress in activities related to fisheries, aquaculture, compliance and other strategic activities was reviewed. Moreover, the outcomes of the second GFCM performance review were commented. In relation to the management of fisheries and aquaculture in the GFCM area of application, eight binding recommendations were adopted, dealing with the following issues: the use of anchored fish aggregating devices in common dolphinfish fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea, information on access agreements in the GFCM area of application, the establishment of a list of vessels presumed to have carried out illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the GFCM area of application, the sustainable exploitation of blackspot seabream in the Alboran Sea and red coral in the Mediterranean Sea, multiannual management plans for turbot fisheries in the Black Sea and sustainable demersal fisheries in the Adriatic Sea, and management measures for sustainable trawl fisheries targeting giant red shrimp and blue and red shrimp in the Strait of Sicily. Furthermore, the Commission  discussed issues related to the mandate of the GFCM Executive Secretary.

Finally, the Commission adopted its programme of work for the next intersession and approved its autonomous budget for 2020 and for 2021, amounting to USD 2 611 142 yearly as well as a number of strategic actions to be funded through extrabudgetary resources.It also unanimously endorsed the new Bureaus of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Aquaculture and the Working Group on the Black Sea and agreed to renew the mandate of the Bureau of the Compliance Committee for an additional two years