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Sep 5, 2017 |
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Meeting at GFCM

On 5.09, in the Head Office of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean in Rome, a meeting was held, at which Mr. Abdellah Srour - Executive Secretary took over the governance of the Black Sea Advisory Council in the person of its Chairman, Mr. Sorin Manaila, and the General Secretary, Dr. Yordan Gospidinov.

On 05.09.2017, in the Head Office of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) in Rome, a meeting was held, at which Mr. Abdellah Srour-Executive Secretary took over the governance of the Black Sea Advisory Council (BlSAC) in the person of its Chairman, Mr. Sorin Manaila, and the General Secretary, Dr. Yordan Gospidinov. The meeting was attended by Mr. Miguel Bernal and Nikola Ferri, in charge of the fisheries and legislation. 

The representatives of BlSAC raised the issues of the excessive expansion of the Natura 2000 zones, which often affects the typical, historically determined fishing grounds. The topic of the opportunities in the near future for an increase in the turbot quotas for the two EU member-countries, operating in the Black Sea, was also discussed, as well as the topic of European practices for bottom trawl fishing, and the need for in-depth analyses. The GFCM representatives emphasized the fact that protected areas for shark and turbot fishing will be established, for the purpose of protecting the young species. It is necessary to determine the levels of the stocks of veined Rapa whelk and bivalve mollusks, and to lay down the priorities. 

The need of a direct method of data collection and an in-depth, thorough socio-economic analysis was also discussed. GFSM proposed that a memorandum of cooperation should be signed, which would give the green light to numerous joint initiatives.  

The meeting was conducted as a constructive dialogue, and the attendees confirmed their desire and willingness to make greater effort for achieving sustainable and environment-friendly fisheries, an institutional basis in the actions and pursuing common interests.