The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean expected to adopt measures for transparency and against illegal fishing to restore world’s most overfished sea
Oceana urges Mediterranean countries to preserve young and undersized fish in the Mediterranean in order to restore fish stocks of the world’s most overfished sea. As FAO’s General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) is to meet in Athens next week, Oceana calls for all new management plans to protect spawning and breeding grounds (Essential Fish Habitats). Additionally, it is vital that minimum landing sizes are set for all commercial species as part of the post-2020 strategy of this international body.
“It is unacceptable that one out of three fish discarded overboard is undersized in the Mediterranean, the world’s most overfished sea. Oceana urges to preserve the areas where fish spawn and breed, and to adopt minimum landing sizes for all commercial species. There is enough scientific data to support both measures, and the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean should start working on them as of 2020”, said Nicolas Fournier, policy manager at Oceana in Europe.
In June, ministers from GFCM countries reiterated their commitments to rebuild sustainable fisheries in the region and to deliver the MedFish4Ever Declaration. Oceana urges countries to walk the talk and to adopt several proposals that will be presented next week by the European Union:
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