Milestone GFCM strategy for Med and Black Sea fisheries

08 Nov 2017
The GFCM has an ambitious plan for supporting sustainable fisheries in the Med

The GFCM has an ambitious plan for supporting sustainable fisheries in the Med

The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) has adopted a historic number of decisions setting an ambitious action plan for supporting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Med and Black Sea.

Fourteen actions were decided at the GFCM’s forty-first session, held in Budva, Montenegro from 16 to 20 October 2017, which aim to aid the recovery of fish stocks, the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and the protection of vulnerable habitats.

“Despite the complex situation in the region, the GFCM has made enormous strides to promote cooperation among all riparian States in order to build a better future for fisheries and aquaculture in the region,” said Abdellah Srour, GFCM Executive Secretary.

“We are determined to continue to foster a subregional approach and work more closely with those countries facing similar challenges.”

Notable decisions

Of particular note is the decision to establish a fisheries restricted area in the Jabuka/Pomo Pit – a key area in terms of essential fish habitats located in the Adriatic Sea.

Other notable decisions include the agreement to manage blackspot seabream fisheries in the Alboran Sea and turbot fisheries in the Black Sea and the establishment of a regional plan of action to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

It also wants to implement an international joint inspection and surveillance scheme in waters outside national jurisdiction in the Strait of Sicily and establish a regional adaptive management plan for the exploitation of red coral in the Mediterranean Sea.

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