The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) and FAO are organizing, in partnership with CIHEAM Bari, MedPAN, WWF and in collaboration with the Government of Malta
,the First Regional Symposium on Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, from 27 to 30 November 2013 in Malta.

For the first time in the region, national administrations, international organizations, fisheries scientists, NGOs, fishers communities, stakeholders and civil society will sit around the same table to discuss issues of common interest to ensure a sustainable future for the small-scale fisheries sector in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

The importance of small-scale fisheries for the whole area and the many challenges they are facing indicate that the time has come to launch an in-depth reflection on how to develop common strategies, synergies and cooperation to support their sustainable development. Building upon a participatory and bottom-up approach, the symposium will offer a unique opportunity to address recurring issues and to find common answers to secure future prospects for small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. This event will be a forum where all interested stakeholders will have a chance to bring their opinions, ideas and expertise to the fore.

At the end of the symposium, it is expected that participants will endorse common conclusions on how to maintain sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and identify crucial priorities for the design of a roadmap towards the development of small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea based on an ecosystem approach.
An opportunity to meet actors of the small-scale fisheries world!



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