Ensuring a level playing field between our fishermen and those coming from countries surrounding the Mediterranean and the Black Sea
Commissioner Maria Damanaki visited the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) headquarters, where she met the GFCM Chairman, Mr Stefano Cataudella, and Executive Secretary, Mr Abdellah Srour. The meeting focused on the ongoing reform of the GFCM, which aims at making this organisation fit for the challenges ahead in the domain of sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Commissioner Maria Damanaki said: "I fully support the aims and objectives of the reform of the GFCM. A lot of good results have been achieved; still, we need to aim for the transformation of this organisation. Priority areas are: the enhancement of scientific advice and data collection, fighting IUU and reinforcing compliance and good governance. This organisation should ensure a level playing field between our fishermen and those coming from countries surrounding the same sea basins."
The general fisheries commission for the Meditterranean is the regional fisheries management organisation aiming at promoting sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, under the umbrella of FAO.