GFCM

General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean

FAO
About GFCM

The Agreement for the establishment of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), under the provisions of Article XIV of the FAO constitution, was approved by the FAO Conference in 1949 and entered into force in 1952. Amendments to this Agreement were approved in 1963, 1976 and 1997. The latter amendments were related to the change in name of GFCM previously "General Fisheries Council for the Mediterranean" and to new obligations for the Contracting Parties including their contributions to an autonomous budget for the functioning of the Commission. These new obligations came into force on 29 April 2004.

Consisting of 23 Member countries along with the European Union, the GFCM’s objectives are to promote the development, conservation, rational management and best utilization of living marine resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and connecting waters. Membership is open to both Mediterranean coastal states and regional economic organizations as well as to United Nations member states whose vessels engage in fishing in Mediterranean waters.

In cooperation with other Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), the GFCM is instrumental in coordinating efforts by governments to effectively manage fisheries at regional level following the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.The GFCM has the authority to adopt binding recommendations for fisheries conservation and management in its Convention Area and plays a critical role in fisheries governance in the Region.

The GFCM holds its regular session annually. It implements its policy and activities through the Secretariat, based at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, and operates during the intersessional period by means of its committees, namely the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), the Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ), the Compliance Committee (CoC), the Committee of Administration and Finance (CAF) and their respective subsidiaries. The GFCM also enjoys the support of cooperative projects at sub-regional and regional level which enhance, in particular, scientific cooperation and capacity building in participating countries in line with GFCM priorities and strategies. In addition, the Commission cooperates closely with other international organizations in matters of mutual interest.

Functions

The purpose of the Commission shall be to promote the development, conservation, rational management and best utilization of living marine resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Region. In particular, the Commission has the following responsibilities:

  • to keep under review the state of the Mediterranean living resources, including their abundance and the level of their exploitation, as well as the state of the fisheries based thereon;
  • to formulate and recommend, appropriate measures: (i) for the conservation and rational management of living marine resources; and (ii) for the implementation of these recommendations;
  • to keep under review the economic and social aspects of the fishing industry and recommend any measures aimed at its development;
  • to encourage, recommend, coordinate and, as appropriate, undertake training and extension activities in all aspects of fisheries;
  • to encourage, recommend, coordinate and, as appropriate, undertake research and development activities, including cooperative projects in the areas of fisheries and the protection of living marine resources;
  • to assemble, publish or disseminate information regarding exploitable living marine resources and fisheries based on these resources;
  • to promote programmes for marine and brackish water aquaculture and coastal fisheries enhancement;
  • to carry out such other activities as may be necessary for the Commission to achieve its purpose as defined above.
Area of competence

Mediterranean, Black Sea and connecting waters.

GFCM Convention Area

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Members

Member: Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, European Union, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey.

Species and stocks coverage All living marine resources in the area covered by GFCM. Legal Framework Established within the framework of Article XIV of the FAO Constitution. Approved at the Fifth Session of the FAO Conference in 1949. The Agreement entered into force on 20 February 1952. Amended in 1963, 1976 and 1997.
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LanguagesArabic, English, French, Spanish
Organigram The GFCM implements its policy and activities through the Secretariat and operates during the intersessional period by means of the following committees:
  • Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ): established in 1995
  • Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC): established in 1997
  • Compliance Committee (CoC): established in 2006
  • Committee on Administration and Finance (CAF): established in 2009
The Commission also establishes, as appropriate, temporary, special or standing committees to study and report on matters pertaining to the purposes of the Commission and working parties to study and recommend on specific technical issues.

The GFCM also benefits from the support of cooperative projects at sub-regional and regional level.

GFCM Organigram

StructureCommission

Commission membership is open to Members of the United Nations, especially coastal States, States whose vessels engage in fishing in the Convention Area as well as to Regional Economic Integration Organizations.

The Commission normally holds its Regular Session on an annual basis and convenes special sessions, as appropriate, at the request or with the approval of the majority of the Members. It seeks to promote the conservation and rational management of living marine resources through, inter alia, drawing up binding measures related to the regulation of fishing methods, fishing gear and minimum landing sizes, together with the establishment of open and closed fishing seasons and areas. It also strives to implement a fishing effort control regime by Operational Units through the regulation of catch and fishing effort and their allocation among Members.

Sessions of the Commission are attended by delegates, their alternates, experts and advisers. Each Member has the right to one vote except in the case of a Regional Economic Integration Organization (REIO) which is entitled to the number of votes equal to the number of its Member States which are also Members of the Commission. Competence and voting power over specific Session issues are indicated by REIOs prior to the Session; REIOs cannot exercise their votes when their Member States exercise theirs and vice versa.

Bureau

Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Chairperson Mr Stefano CATAUDELLA Italy May 2011 Send an email
1st Vice-Chairperson Ms Esra Fatma DENIZCI TOSLAK Turkey May 2013 Send an email
2nd Vice-Chairperson Mr Philippe FERLIN France May 2011 Send an email

Secretariat
Title Name e-mail
Executive Secretary
Mr Abdellah SROUR Send an email
Senior aquaculture officer / CAQ backstopping officer Mr Fabio MASSA Send an email
Fishery resources officer / SAC backstopping officer Mr Miguel BERNAL Send an email
Legal and institutional officer / CoC backstopping officer Mr Nicola FERRI Send an email
Information Management Officer Ms Pilar HERNANDEZ
Send an email
Data compliance officer Mr Federico DE ROSSI Send an email
Scientific editing / translation officer Ms Dominique BOURDENET Send an email
Programme associate
Ms Claudia ESCUTIA Send an email
Programmer / system analyst Mr Roberto EMMA Send an email
Office assistant Ms Merieme IHIRI Send an email
Administrative clerk Ms Florence DICKENS Send an email
Liaison consultant Ms Margherita SESSA Send an email
Aquaculture and small-scale fisheries consultant Mr Davide FEZZARDI Send an email
Environment consultant Ms Aurora NASTASI Send an email

 

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Mandate

Provide independent advice on the technical and scientific bases for decisions concerning fisheries conservation and management, including biological, social and economic aspects, in particular:

  • assess information provided by Members and relevant fisheries organizations or programmes on catches, fishing efforts, and other data relevant to the conservation and management of fisheries;
  • formulate advice to the Commission on the conservation and management of fisheries;
  • identify cooperative research programmes and coordinate their implementation;
  • undertake such other functions or responsibilities as may be conferred by the Commission.
Structure
SAC operates through five subsidiary bodies:
  • Coordination Meeting of the Sub-Committees (CMSC)
  • Sub-Committee on Stock Assessment (SCSA)
  • Sub-Committee on Marine Environment and Ecosystems (SCMEE)
  • Sub-Committee on Statistics and Information (SCSI)
  • Sub-Committee on Economic and Social Sciences (SCESS)
Bureau

Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Chairperson Mr Othman JARBOUI Tunisia February 2014 Send an email
1st Vice-Chairperson Ali Cemal GÜCÜ Turkey February 2014 Send an email
2nd Vice-Chairperson Ms Capucine MELLON France February 2014 Send an email

Coordinators

Sub-Committee Name Country Election date e-mail
SCSA Mr Francesco COLLOCA Italy May 2013 Send an email
SCMEE Mr Federico ALVAREZ PRADO Spain April 2010 Send an email
SCSI Mr Alaa Eldin EL-HAWEET Egypt May 2013 Send an email
SCESS Mr Scander BEN SALEM Tunisia May 2013 Send an email

Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ) Mandate

Monitor trends and promote the sustainable development and responsible management of marine and brackish water aquaculture in the region, and provide independent advice on the technical, socio-economic, legal and environmental bases for common standards, norms and guidelines and decisions for consideration by the Commission, in particular:

  • assess information provided by Members and relevant aquaculture related stakeholders or programmes on production statistics, market data, culture systems, technologies used, farmed species, and maintain related databases, including relevant socio-economic, environmental, biotic and abiotic indicators;
  • promote the formulation of common standards and guidelines on sustainable development and responsible management of aquaculture;
  • identify cooperative research and training programmes and coordinate their implementation;
  • carry out other duties, functions or responsibilities related to aquaculture promotion as be conferred by the Commission.
Structure
CAQ operates through five subsidiary bodies:
  • Coordination Meeting of the Working Groups (CMWG)
  • Working Group on Marketing
  • Working Group on Sustainability Indicators
  • Working Group on Siting and Carrying Capacity
  • Information System for the Promotion of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean (SIPAM)
Bureau

Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Chairperson Mr Francois RENÈ France February 2011 Send an email
1st Vice-Chairperson Mr Pablo AVILA Spain February 2011 Send an email
2nd Vice-Chairperson Mr Houssam HAMZA Tunisia
February 2013 Send an email

Working Group on the Black Sea (WGBS)

Coordinators

Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Coordinator Mr Simion NICOLAEV Romania May 2012 Send an email
1st Vice-Coordinator Mr Violin RAYKOV Bulgaria May 2012 Send an email
2nd Vice-Coordinator Mr Ilhan AYDIN
Turkey May 2013 Send an email

Compliance Committee (COC) Mandate
  • review compliance with conservation and management measures adopted by the Commission and make such recommendations to the Commission as may be necessary to ensure their effectiveness;
  • review the implementation of measures of monitoring, control, surveillance, and enforcement adopted by the Commission as may be necessary to ensure their effectiveness;
  • define, develop and make recommendations to the Commission concerning the phased development and implementation of the GFCM Control and Inspection scheme;
  • monitor, review and analyze information pertaining to the activities of Non-Contracting Parties and their vessels which undermine the objectives of the Agreement including, in particular, IUU fishing, and recommend actions to be taken by the Commission to discourage such activities;
  • perform such other tasks as directed by the Commission.
Bureau

Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Chairperson Mr Samir MAJDALANI Lebanon May 2011 Send an email
1st Vice-Chairperson Mr Josip MARKOVIC Croatia May 2012 Send an email
2nd Vice-Chairperson Ms Samia LOUNIS ABBOUN Algeria May 2013 Send an email

Committee of Administration and Finance (CAF)

Mandate

  • review administrative matters relating to the Executive Secretary and his staff and make appropriate recommendations to the Commission;
  • review compliance with the rules of procedures and financial rules;
  • review the implementation of the budget adopted at the previous session of the Commission and analyse and make recommendations on the draft budget to be adopted at the current session of the Commission; and
  • perform such other administration and financial matters as may be referred to it by the Commission.

Bureau

Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Chairperson Mr Hachemi MISSAOUI Tunisia May 2011
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1st Vice-Chairperson Ms Aleksandar JOKSIMOVIC Montenegro May 2011 Send an email
2nd Vice-Chairperson Ms Mimoza COBANI Albania May 2013 Send an email

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GFCM HQ (Contact us)

GFCM headquarters - Palazzo Blumenstihl GFCM headquarters

In September 2011, the GFCM moved to its new headquarters in Palazzo Blumenstihl (Rome, Italy).

The GFCM headquarters are located in the city centre, in Via Vittoria Colonna 1, and can be easily reached from the FAO headquarters.
GFCM headquarters - Palazzo Blumenstihl GFCM headquarters - Palazzo Blumenstihl

GFCM Secretariat

Palazzo Blumenstihl, Via Vittoria Colonna 1
Rome
00193

Telephone: +3906 570 54646

Telephone: +3906 570 54055

Fax: +3906 570 55827

Web site: http://www.gfcm.org

Email: gfcm-secretariat

GFCM - Palazzo Blumenstihl, Via Vittoria Colonna 1 - 00193, Rome, Italy - Tel: +390657054646 - Fax: +390657055827
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