The Fish Forum 2018 of the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean (GFCM) in Rome from 10 to 14 December, bringing together regional scientists and experts in fisheries and marine conservation, in particular for the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, started today. The aim of the Forum is to develop a mid-term strategy for sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean. This includes ensuring a healthy ecosystem and stable fish stocks.

An OceanCare delegation is on site. In the context of the symposium OceanCare invites to a workshop and a side event to address central questions and propose solutions. Today, Monday, the first day of the conference, Fabienne McLellan, Director International Relations, will speak as a panelist in a joint workshop with UNEP/MAP on plastic pollution and the resulting ecological problems. A side event on underwater noise and its impact on fish stocks and the marine food chain will follow on Wednesday. Speakers will include Dr Lindy Weilgart, OceanCare consultant, Dr Silvia Frey, Senior Conservation Scientist, Nicolas Entrup, OceanCare consultant, Fabienne McLellan, and Bjørnar Nicolaisen, Norwegian fisherman. In the context of the discussion on the socio-economic impacts of underwater noise, proposed solutions are also discussed, taking into account the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

Sandra Ludescher, Dr Silvia Frey, Dr Lindy Weilgart, Nicolas Entrup, Fabienne McLellan, Susanne Hagen