High-level meeting sets out a new vision for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

Today, the high-level meeting on the new strategy for the Mediterranean and Black Sea took place under the umbrella of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries attended the meeting, together with FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu, as well as the fisheries ministers of GFCM contracting parties. The participants reaffirmed their political commitments of the MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations and endorsed the new GFCM Strategy (2021-2030) with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Sea in the next decade. Commissioner Sinkevičius said: “With the endorsement of the new GFCM Strategy, today we have crossed another milestone on the path towards sustainably managed fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas.  We have come a long way with the new fisheries governance launched in 2017, under the framework of the MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations. Yet we are not at the end of our journey, much more remains to be done.” The Commissioner underlined the need to start implementing the strategy immediately and encouraged regional partners to support the ambitious package of measures the European Union will put forward at the GFCM annual session in November when the strategy will be formally adopted. Commissioner Sinkevičius emphasised the importance of protecting biodiversity in creating resilience and profitability of the fisheries sector. With its five main targets, the new GFCM strategy will continue to build on past achievements

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