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Celebrating 20 years and more of regional cooperation in support of fisheries management in the Adriatic Sea and the south-central Mediterranean










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    Supporting Responsible Fisheries in the Adriatic Sea - GCP/INT/319/EC 2020
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    The Adriatic Sea is a semi-enclosed basin and one of the largest areas of occurrence of shared stocks in the Mediterranean. Most of the pelagic and demersal fisheries resources in the basin migrate through national waters of different countries during their life cycle, and are shared among the fisheries of at least three countries. Shared fisheries resources are exploited under different regimes in each country, while their transboundary nature justifies harmonized management approaches. Achieving the optimal use of fisheries resources in these regions requires an effective cooperative management framework, based on accepted concepts, such as the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF). However, dedicated support is required to enable the countries in the subregion to develop the capacity (human, institutional and knowledge-based) to cooperate and effectively manage the fisheries resources in accordance with the EAF. Against this background, the project, as part of the longer-lasting AdriaMed programme, “Scientific Cooperation to Support Responsible Fisheries in the Adriatic Sea”, aimed to support the sustainability of marine fisheries and the ecosystem in the Adriatic Sea, taking into consideration environmental, biological, economic, social and institutional issues. The participating countries were Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia.
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    Supporting Management for Sustainable Fisheries in the Adriatic Sea - GCP/RER/063/CRO 2023
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    Fisheries in the Mediterranean support the livelihoods of a significant number of stakeholders, yet many of the assessed stocks in the region continue to be classified as overexploited. To promote sustainability, it is important to develop specific fisheries management plans. When these plans deal with shared stocks among several countries, there is a need for international coordination and standardized methodologies. As one of the largest areas of occurrence of shared stocks in the Mediterranean, the Adriatic Sea urgently requires international coordination on fisheries management. Within the framework of its long running AdriaMed project to promote scientific cooperation to support responsible fisheries in the Adriatic Sea, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) implemented this project to improve capacity for fisheries monitoring, research and preparation of scientific advice for fisheries management in the Adriatic. Using a multidisciplinary and coordinated approach, it aimed to enhance fisheries management throughout the countries bordering the Adriatic: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia.
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    Report of the inception meeting of the Eastmed project coordination Committee
    project premisis, Athens, Greece, 19-20 April 2010
    2010
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    The First Meeting of the EastMed Project was carried out in Athens from 19-20 April 2010 and was attended by representatives of the donors (Greece, Italy and EU), of the participating countries/members (Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, Gaza strip and West Bank, Greece and Italy), representative of GFCM, FAO-FIMF and subregional projects (AdriaMed, MedSudMed, CopeMed and ArtFiMed. The preparatory phase of the project was first presented and accompanied by the project objectives and structure. S imilar objectives were mentioned from the representatives of the sub-regional projects while a need for synergies among the projects in the whole region was highlighted. The representatives of the countries presented the current situation in fisheries in their countries and also their expectations from the project. The GFCM frame was presented and the importance of the sub-regional projects for the achievement of its goals was stressed. The EastMed Work Plan was adopted by the Coordination Committee for the 1 st year of the project, which was consisted of activities related with collection and analysis of fisheries data, training and development and institutional strengthening for increasing participation and cooperation.

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