EU - The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean has adopted a set of recommendations based on proposals for improved fisheries management made by the European Union.
The recommendations are key to improving the sustainable management of fisheries for shared stocks in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
Commissioner Karmenu Vella said: "I very much welcome the progress made at the GFCM meeting.
"The commitment made by contracting parties from all corners of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea to introduce measures to further address monitoring and compliance is an important step forward.
"I remain committed towards encouraging continued effort to promote, secure, and invest in sustainable fishing practices with our partners from across the Mediterranean.
"I am confident that through meeting our joint commitments we can revive fish stocks and ensure the longer term viability of our industry".
Key steps taken at the session include the commitment for parties to efficiently manage the number of trawlers authorised to fish in the Strait of Sicily and to ensure that their fleet is equipped with Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS). These renewed commitments move us a step closer towards a level playing field in the Mediterranean.
Fisheries management measures were also agreed for the Adriatic Sea and Black Sea, particularly for turbot which is subject to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities. Efforts will now need to focus on fully implementing the agreed measures.
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