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Report of the thirty-ninth session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), Milan, Italy, 25-29 May 2015

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    Report of the seventeenth session of the Scientific Advisory Committee. FAO headquarters, Rome, 24–27 March 2015 / Rapport de la dix-septième session du Comité scientifique consultatif. Siège de la FAO, Rome, Italie, 24-27 mars 2015 2015
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    The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) held its seventeenth session at the FAO headquarters, Rome, from 24 to 27 March 2015. The session was attended by 19 Contracting Parties, 10 observers, representatives of the FAO regional projects and the GFCM Secretariat. The Committee reviewed the work carried out during the 2014–2015 intersession, including within its subsidiary bodies and formulated advice in relation to the following asp ects: i) status of the main commercial stocks and proposed management measures for selected fisheries, ii) measures to mitigate bycatch of elasmobranchs and iii) methods to integrate socioeconomic information into scientific advice. In addition, the Committee adopted its Data Collection Reference Framework (DCRF) due to be submitted to the Commission at its thirty-ninth session for endorsement and to be used as a basis for discussions on potential decisions related to data collection. Delegates were also informed about the progress made in the elaboration of the first biennial report on the status of Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries, prepared upon the request made by the Commission at its thirty-eighth session and proposed to be published in 2015. Furthermore, the Committee reviewed the technical contents of a proposal for the establishment of a new fisheries restricted area (FRA) in the northern sector of the Strait of Sicily, to be submitted to the Commission for discussion at i ts thirty-ninth session. Against the backdrop of the recent amendment of the GFCM legal framework, the Committee proposed a new reference framework and formulated suggestions regarding its future functioning and structure; these should be further discussed by the Commission on the occasion of its next session. Finally, the Committee agreed upon its work plan for 2015–2016, including a list of proposed activities and meetings.
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    Rapport de la trente-huitième session. Siège de la FAO, Rome, 19-24 mai 2014 2014
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    The thirty-eighth session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), including the fifth session of the Committee on Administration and Finance (CAF) and the eighth session of the Compliance Committee (CoC), was attended by representatives from 22 Members, 3 non-Members, 15 intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In the light of the outcomes of its third extraordinary session (Greece, April 2014), the Commission endorsed its amended Agreement, which sets ambi tious goals based on principles such as the subregional approach, multiannual management and stakeholders’ involvement. In recognition of the importance attached by the Commission to cooperation with partner organizations, three memoranda of understanding were officially entered into with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the International Union for Conservation of Nature – Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) and the Centre for Marketing Information and Advisory Services for Fish ery Products in the Arab Region (INFOSAMAK). This session was also the occasion to progress in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing though the adoption of guidelines relating to vessels monitoring systems (VMS), a roadmap to fight IUU fishing in the Mediterranean Sea and a GFCM IUU vessel list to be widely disseminated. Important decisions, such as a recommendation concerning the identification of noncompliance, were also taken to ensure better compliance with GFCM decisions, in particular within the clarification process expected to result, in 2015, in the identification of cases on non-compliance by both Members and non-Members. Regarding the management of fisheries, the measures adopted by the Commission include a recommendation on precautionary and emergency measures for 2015 on small pelagic stocks in GSA 17. The Commission also endorsed guidelines for the management of Mediterranean red coral populations, practical guidelines for artificial reefs in the Mediterranean and Black Sea and the new GFCM Data Collection Reference Framework (DCRF). Acknowledging the crucial role of smallscale fisheries in the region and the need to develop governance in this sector, the Commission also supported the launch of the first regional cooperative programme for the promotion of sustainable small-scale fisheries. In the field of aquaculture, the Commission recalled the need to support its sustainable development in the region and welcomed the launch of a n ew Aquaculture multi-stakeholder platform (AMShP) as well as guidelines for the sustainable management of coastal lagoons. Moreover, it acknowledged the key elements for guidelines on a harmonized environmental monitoring programme (EMP) for marine finfish cage farming in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Finally, the Commission decided to reconduct Mr Abdellah Srour as Executive Secretary of the GFCM from June 2016 until 2021. It adopted its 2014 autonomous budget, amounting to USD 2 245 916, an d discussed the possibility of shifting to the adoption of a triennial budget in the future. The programme of work for the intersession, including under the first GFCM Framework Programme, was also approved.
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    FAO General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. Report of the thirty-eighth session. FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy 19-24 May 2014. 2014
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    The thirty-eighth session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), including the fifth session of the Committee on Administration and Finance (CAF) and the eighth session of the Compliance Committee (CoC), was attended by representatives from 22 Members, 3 non-Members, 15 intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In the light of the outcomes of its third extraordinary session (Greece, April 2014), the Commission endorsed its amended Agreement, which sets ambi tious goals based on principles such as the subregional approach, multiannual management and stakeholders’ involvement. In recognition of the importance attached by the Commission to cooperation with partner organizations, three memoranda of understanding were officially entered into with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the International Union for Conservation of Nature – Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) and the Centre for Marketing Information and Advisory Services for Fishe ry Products in the Arab Region (INFOSAMAK). This session was also the occasion to progress in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing though the adoption of guidelines relating to vessels monitoring systems (VMS), a roadmap to fight IUU fishing in the Mediterranean Sea and a GFCM IUU vessel list to be widely disseminated. Important decisions, such as a recommendation concerning the identification of non-compliance, were also taken to ensure better compliance with GFCM decisions, in particular within the clarification process expected to result, in 2015, in the identification of cases on non-compliance by both Members and non-Members. Regarding the management of fisheries, the measures adopted by the Commission include a recommendation on precautionary and emergency measures for 2015 on small pelagic stocks in GSA 17. The Commission also endorsed guidelines for the management of Mediterranean red coral populations, practical guidelines for artificial reefs in the Mediterranean and Black Sea and the new GFCM Data Collection Reference Framework (DCRF). Acknowledging the crucial role of small-scale fisheries in the region and the need to develop governance in this sector, the Commission also supported the launch of the first regional cooperative programme for the promotion of sustainable small-scale fisheries. In the field of aquaculture, the Commission recalled the need to support its sustainable development in the region and welcomed the launch of a new Aquaculture multi-stakeholder platform (AMShP) as well as guidelines for the sustainable management of coastal lagoons. Moreover, it acknowledged the key elements for guidelines on a harmonized environmental monitoring programme (EMP) for marine finfish cage farming in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Finally, the Commission decided to reconduct Mr Abdellah Srour as Executive Secretary of the GFCM from June 2016 until 2021. It adopted its 2014 autonomous budget, amounting to USD 2 245 916, a nd discussed the possibility of shifting to the adoption of a triennial budget in the future. The programme of work for the intersession, including under the first GFCM Framework Programme, was also approved.

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