The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries 2018

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Bringing together data and indicators submitted by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) contracting parties and cooperating non-contracting parties on stock status, national catches, fleet and socio-economic aspects, as well as information obtained from other sources, SoMFi 2018 aims to provide objective, reliable and up-to-date information to a wide audience and support decision-making in fisheries. It provides the most detailed assessment yet of the state of fishery resources in the region. It shows current status of stocks, including those most at risk from overfishing, and looks at related issues like discards and incidental catches of vulnerable species.



Insights on small-scale and recreational fisheries

Small-scale fisheries are deeply rooted in the fabric of Mediterranean and Black Sea fishing communities. Their significant role in this region is well known, despite, in some cases, limited available data for this sector. Since millennia, the small-scale fishing sector has supported livelihoods within coastal communities. The role it plays in sustaining economic activity and ensuring food security within vulnerable coastal communities is not to be overlooked, particularly in the current context of ever-increasing rural to urban migration. Furthermore, SSF play a key role in maintaining local traditions and culture, creating added value for other sectors, such as the restaurant and tourism industries.


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