Ministerial Conference on Mediterranean Fisheries
29/03/2017 12:00



A ministerial conference on Mediterranean fisheries is organized in Malta on 29-30 March 2017 to adopt a common declaration (Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration) on the future of Mediterranean fisheries. The event consists of a Stakeholder roundtable, a launching meeting, a ministerial conference meeting and a ceremony for the signature of the ministerial declaration.

The Mediterranean is part of our shared cultural and economic heritage. It is a veritable hub of trade and economic growth. Currently this very vital resource is in serious danger. The European Commission has invited Ministers from all Mediterranean riparian countries to a ministerial conference in Malta on 29-30 March. The EU is proposing a ministerial declaration of all riparian countries on sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean, following up on the Declaration adopted in Venice in 2003. The declaration will set objectives and targets for all of us: flag, coastal, port and market states. It will set the work in the area for the next 10 years on critical issues such as small-scale fisheries, fight against IUU fishing, data collection, scientific advice and reliable conservation measures.

Fish stocks in the Mediterranean are shrinking: 93% of the fish stocks assessed are today over-exploited. This decline is putting at risk the very future of hundreds of thousands of persons whose livelihood depends on fisheries across the basin.


To adopt a ministerial declaration i.e. a new strategy for the next 10 years that will be based on cooperation of all riparian States. The strategy will ensure sustainability of resources, based on best scientific advice and taking into consideration social-economic aspects.






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