High-level conference on sustainable Small Scale Fisheries

On 25 and 26 September 2018, Fisheries Ministers from the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and the European Commission officially launched a detailed Plan of Action to ensure a sustainable future for small-scale fisheries and the marine environment in the region.
The signing of a Ministerial Declaration on the Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF) took place at the High-level conference on sustainable Small Scale Fisheries organised by the GFCM.

The RPOA-SSF is a political commitment setting forth concrete actions to be carried out over the next ten years (until 2028) in order to strengthen and support sustainable small-scale fisheries in our region. It aims at establishing objectives, principles and concrete actions to ensure the long-term environmental, economic and social sustainability of SSF.

National authorities, fishers’ groups and NGOs presented new sustainable ways to manage fishing activities in the world’s most over-exploited region. To further promote the implementation of the Plan of Action, WWF, GFCM-FAO and other organisations also launched the “Friends of Small-Scale Fisheries” Platform. This will ensure the much-needed collaboration among key stakeholders to transform small-scale fisheries into a more competitive and sustainable sector.

Sebastijan Raljević, a fisherman from Telašćica Nature Park, Croatia who participated in the High level conference says "I felt amazing because it was the first time I had the opportunity to approve something. My family has been engaged in fishing for over 750 years, and that was the very first time that someone has asked us something. I even had a chance to say what I think about fishing." See the full interview with Sebastijan here.