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Assessing and Monitoring Fisheries Resources and Ecosystems in the Straits of Sicily –Year 8 of the Medsudmed Project - GCP/INT/364/EC Baby 02








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    Enhancing Capacity for Fisheries Planning and Management in the Strait of Sicily (Year 6) - GCP/INT/320/EC 2020
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    The Strait of Sicily is a transition area connecting the western and eastern Mediterranean basins. Most of the pelagic and demersal fisheries resources in the area are shared between the fisheries of at least three bordering countries. The 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 this region requires an effective cooperative management framework based on accepted concepts like the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF). However, the countries in the subregion require dedicated support to allow them to develop the capacities required to cooperate and effectively manage the fisheries in accordance with the EAF. Against this background, the project, which was part of the longer lasting MedSudMed Project, aimed to contribute to consolidating and developing the basis for establishing and implementing in each of the four participating countries (Italy, Libya, Malta and Tunisia), and/or at multilateral level, scientific cooperation for sustainable fisheries and updated management plans for relevant specific fisheries.
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    Improving capacity for fisheries planning and management in the South-Central Mediterranean - GCP/INT/269/EC 2019
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    The Straits of Sicily is one of the most important fishing areas of the Mediterranean Sea, where significant fleets operate with high fish production. However, the available knowledge on fishery resources and their ecosystems in the region is often scarce. This project was part of a longer-lasting programme (MedSudMedProject, “Assessment and Monitoring of the Fishery Resources and the Ecosystems in the Straits of Sicily”), which was created to strengthen national and regional research capacities and to promote scientific cooperation in the southern part of the central Mediterranean for the assessment and monitoring of fishery resources. The project aimed to consolidate and further develop the results achieved so far, and to launch additional cooperative work. MedSudMedbecame operational in 2001, based on requests by countries in the theStraits of Sicily and funding from Italy. Since 2007 the project is also cofundedby the European Union (EU) Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG-MARE). The present report highlights the achievements obtained during the 5thyear of financial contributions by DG-Mare to the MedSudMedproject.
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    Report of the forty-first session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), Budva, Montenegro, 16 - 20 October 2017
    GFCM Report No. 41
    2018
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    The forty-first session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean as well as the eighth session of the Committee on Administration and Finance was attended by delegates of 22 contracting parties, as well as of three cooperating non-contracting parties and one non-contracting party. Representatives from 20 intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its regional projects as well as the Bureaus of the Commission and its subsidiary bodies, were also in attendance. During the session, the progress in the implementation of the mid-term strategy was reviewed, including in relation to the 2017 Malta MedFish4Ever Ministerial Declaration. Moreover, cooperation activities within the framework of agreements with contracting parties and cooperating non-contracting parties and with partner organizations were discussed. In light of its increasing cooperation with the GFCM, the Commission granted cooperating non-contracting party status to the Republic of Moldova. In relation to the management of fisheries and aquaculture in the GFCM area of application, a total of eight binding recommendations were adopted, dealing with the following issues: reporting of aquaculture data and information; management of blackspot seabream fisheries in the Alboran Sea; establishment of a fisheries restricted area in the Jabuka/Pomo Pit (Adriatic Sea); multiannual management plan for turbot fisheries in the Black Sea; establishment of a regional adaptive management plan for the exploitation of red coral in the Mediterranean; submission of data on fishing activities in the GFCM area of application; a regional plan of action to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the GFCM area of application and an international joint inspection and surveillance scheme outside the waters under national jurisdiction in the Strait of Sicily. Furthermore, the Commission adopted six resolutions including: a strategy for the sustainable development of Mediterranean and Black Sea aquaculture; guidelines for the streamlining of aquaculture authorization and leasing processes; the reactivation of the Working Group on Fishing Technology; a permanent working group on vulnerable marine ecosystems; a network of essential fish habitats and the application of an International Maritime Organization number. Finally, the Commission adopted its programme of work for the next intersession and approved its budget amounting to US$2 532 162 for 2018 as well as a number of strategic actions to be funded through extrabudgetary resources. It also unanimously endorsed the renewed Bureaus of the Committee on Administration and Finance, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Aquaculture, the Working Group on the Black Sea and the Compliance Committee.

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