Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

Meeting on implementing the Regional Plan of Action for small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF)

06/03/2019 - 07/03/2019 Podgorica, Montenegro

Small-scale fisher representatives, scientific experts, NGO representatives and representatives of fisheries administrations met in Podgorica on the occasion of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean’s (GFCM) permanent working group on small-scale fisheries (WGSSF). This working group is tasked with coordinating technical, scientific and socio-economic activities relating to small-scale fisheries in order to fill the main data gaps relating to this sector in this region, as well as with producing advice to support fisheries management decisions by the GFCM.

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Photo from the meeting. © FAO/Westlund

Over 60 participants, representing over 18 different countries of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea region, discussed topics ranging from the characterization of SSF, data collection needs and priorities and technical elements to support the management of SSF.

The key topic for discussion was the implementation of the Regional Plan of Action for small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF) that was agreed at a high level small-scale fisheries meeting in 2018. The group also looked into a monitoring framework for RPOA-SSF implementation and identified priority activities to be carried out in 2020-2021. The WGSSF proposed the next meeting of the working group to be held in 2020.