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Management of Mediterranean fisheries

Meeting document GFCM/XXXI/2007/5










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    GFCM - Report of the thirty-first session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. Rome, Italy, 9–12 January 2007. 2007
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    The thirty-first session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) was attended by delegates from 19 Members of the Commission. The Commission reviewed the intersessional activities of its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and its Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ) and hold the first session of its Compliance Committee. Based on advice from SAC and proposals by Members, the GFCM adopted: three Resolutions, including two related to the GFCM statistical framework (on fishing e ffort and operational units data collection sets and on Geographical Sub-Areas [GSAs]), and one on the use of the 40 mm square mesh size in the codend of trawlnets. The Commission also adopted binding recommendations on fisheries management, including on diamond mesh size of trawlnets and on the Pelagos Sanctuary for the conservation of marine mammals, as well as three Recommendations emanating from the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) on bluefin tuna and o n transshipment at sea. The GFCM strengthened the mandate of CAQ and adopted a new set up and modus operandi for the subsidiary bodies of the Committee. The Commission decided to strengthen its activities in the Black Sea. It acknowledged the importance of the five regional projects supporting the activities of the Committees and endorsed a series of amendments to its Rules of Procedure. The Commission agreed on its programme of work and adopted its budget for 2007, including the establishment w ithin the Secretariat of a post of Aquaculture specialist.
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    An adaptive approach for the improvement of fishery statistical systems in Mediterranean countries under FAO projects 2007
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    In accordance with FAO and the GFCM mandate, the objective of MedStat is to contribute to the sustainable and responsible fisheries management of fishery resources and fish production in the Mediterranean Sea through the implementation of a long-lasting statistical and information programme which will provide a sound basis for decision making. The whole national statistical system developed within this activity consists of a set of databases and associated statistical data collection and implementation methodologies and procedures that primarily cover the Fishing Vessel Census, Catch and Effort Surveys, and other surveys targeting monitoring and management issues.
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    Recreational Fisheries in the Mediterranean Countries: A review of existing legal frameworks 2007
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    This study reviews the existing laws and regulations concerning recreational fisheries adopted by Mediterranean countries. The study begins with an overview of relevant international initiatives regarding recreational fisheries management and a description of the marine recreational fisheries within the Mediterranean basin. The core of the study analyses the main management measures adopted by States including: (i) access regimes to fisheries resources; (ii) conservation measures; (iii) special recreational fisheries regulations; and (iv) monitoring, control and surveillance of recreational fisheries. The purpose of this study is to provide a snapshot of RF legal frameworks within the Mediterranean with a view to promoting discussion and experience sharing throughout the basin; leading to homogenous and comprehensive recreational fisheries management in the Mediterranean.

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