FAO / GFCM

FAO / GFCM

The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) is a regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) established under the provisions of Article XIV of the  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Constitution.

The purpose of GFCM is to ensure the conservation and sustainable use, at the biological, social, economic and environmental level, of living marine resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in its area of application.

The GFCM is currently composed of 24 members (23 countries and the European Union) and three Cooperating non-Contracting Parties (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Ukraine).

The Commission has the authority to adopt binding recommendations for fisheries conservation and management and plays a critical role in fisheries governance in the region. In cooperation with other RFMOs, following the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF), the GFCM plays a decisive role in coordinating the efforts of governments to effectively manage fisheries at the regional level. Moreover, it closely cooperates with other international organisations in matters of mutual interest and it benefits from the support of cooperation projects and programmes at the regional and subregional level to enhance scientific cooperation and capacity-building among its Contracting Parties.

Through their partnership entered into in 2016, GFCM and OceanCare will jointly address the impacts of underwater noise, bycatch and illegal fishing. The agreement further involves environmental education activities, specialist trainings, and the facilitation of information exchange on a regular basis. In so doing, OceanCare will support the Fisheries Commission in its efforts to preserve endangered species and promote marine conservation.