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CopeMed II is a project under the responsibility of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Management Division (FIMF). Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome.

Coordination to Support Fisheries Management in the Western and Central Mediterranean.
CopeMed Phase II

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ABOUT COPEMED II

CopeMed II, Coordination to Support Fisheries Management in the Western and Central Mediterranean, is a project under the responsibility of the Marine and Inland Fisheries Service (FIAF), Fisheries and Aquaculture Department Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome.

Various scientific studies have shown that many fish populations in the Mediterranean are subject to excessive exploitation, with signs of overfishing and overcapacity, degradation of living resources, loss of income for fishermen and reduction of marine resources in certain areas.

The overall objective of CopeMed II is to mantain the sustainability of the marine resources in the central and western sub-regions and its ecosystem, taking into account environmental, biological, economical, social and institutional issues, particularly througt the promotion of scientific cooperation among the countries.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

SUMMER SCHOOL 2018

A learning opportunity promoted by the FAO Fisheries Department Regional Projects, GFCM and the European Commission Joint Research Center to keep scientist up to date with new methods and tools for the assessment of stocks.

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COPEMED IN IMAGES

7-23 March 2018, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Training course on acoustic methodologies for the assessment of small pelagics species. A Training Course on methodologies for the analysis and interpretation of data coming from acoustic surveys was organized in Palma de Mallorca,...
26-28 February 2018, Algiers, Algeria.
Official visit of CopeMed II staff and technical meeting with CNRDPA experts. The Project acting coordinator, the consultant for socio-economic studies and the fishery expert visited the General Directorate of Fisheries in Algiers...
19-20 December 2017, Fuengirola, Spain.
Kick-off meeting for a Project on stock identification in Alboran Sea and adjacent waters. A meeting for the launching of the research project: Transboundary stock structure of sardine, black spot seabream and hake in the Alboran Sea and adjacent waters...
30-31 October 2017, Algiers, Algeria.
10th meeting of the CopeMed II Coordination Committee. It was kindly hosted by the Centre National pour la Recherche de la Pêche et l’ Aquaculture at the Sheraton Hotel in Algiers.
9-11 October 2017, Malaga, Spain.
Study Groups on stock assessment of small pelagic and demersal stocks of interest to Algeria, Morocco and Spain in Alborán sea (GSAs 01, 02, 03 and 04). Experts from Morocco, Spain and Algeria participated in the two Groups.
3-5 July 2017, Annaba, Algeria.
CopeMed II mission on data collection. The Project fishery expert and two scientists of the INSTM (Tunisia) participated in a training mission to launch a pilot action for data collection: biological sampling and socio-economic surveys.
13-15 June 2017, Algiers, Algeria.
Coordination meeting among different Projects working in Algeria. CopeMed II participated in a meeting convened by the FAO office in Algiers to inform of recent advances.
3-6 April 2017, Alicante, Spain.
Technical workshop for the identification of stock units in the Alborán sea Experts from Algeria, Italy, Morocco Spain and Tunisia presented and discussed current methodologies for the delimitation of stocks.
23-25 January 2017, Algiers, Algeria.
Official visit of CopeMed II staff. The Project acting coordinator and the fishery expert participated in a meeting organized by CopeMed II to discuss with the CNRDPA Direction.
8 December 2016, Tunisia.
First consultation meeting with stakeholders for the implementation of the EAF in the El Bibane lagoon in Tunisia. In the framework of the CopeMed II project, a pilot study was recently launched in Tunisia to implement the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF).
7-12 November 2016, Rome, Italy.
Working Groups on Stock Assessment (WGSA) of Demersal and Small Pelagic Species. CopeMed II participated in the GFCM Working Groups on Stock Assessment (WGSA) of Demersal and Small Pelagic Species, which main objective was to give advice on the status of main stocks in the Mediterranean Sea.
17-20 October 2016, Tangier, Morocco.
Study Groups on stock assessment of small pelagic and demersal stocks of interest to Algeria, Morocco and Spain in Alborán sea (GSAs 01, 02, 03 and 04) and GFCM training workshop. On the first day a training workshop on the XSA model was held thanks to the collaboration with GFCM.
26-29 September 2016, Tunisia.
CopeMed support the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) at the site of the Lagoon El Bibane in Tunisia Under the framework of the project CopeMed, a pilot study has been initiated in Tunisia for the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF).
13-15 September 2016, Malaga, Spain.
CopeMed II-MedSudMed Workshop on stock assessment of Coryphaena hippurus in the Western-Central Mediterranean Participants were trained in the use of a monthly depletion estimator, used by the IATTC to assess the stock of C. hippurus in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
16-17 May 2016, Salammbô, Tunisia.
Bilateral (Algeria and Tunisia) technical workshop on the fisheries of hake and sardine in GSAs 4 and 12 With the aim to improve the knowledge in support the sustainable exploitation of fisheries of common interest between Algeria and Tunisia in GSAs 4 and 12, CopeMed and MedSudMed initiated a collaborative work in September 2015.
28-29 April 2016, Malta.
9th CopeMed Coordination Committee meeting. kindly hosted by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture within the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change of Malta...
11-15 April 2016, Tunis, Tunisia.
Training Workshop on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF). the objective is to understand the processes involved in the preparation and implementation of fisheries management plans under a broader vision of the fishery systems...

16-18 March 2016, St Julians, Malta.
Technical workshop on Coryphaena hippurus fisheries in Western-Central Mediterranean. Hosted by the MSDEC, the results of recent genetic studies evidenced the existence of a unique stock in the Mediterranean...
7-9 March 2016, Algiers, Algeria.
GFCM Regional Conference on “building a future for sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and black sea”. The Project contributed with a case study entitled “Involvement of fishers on standardized data collection in SSF and...
Malaga, Spain 22-26 February 2016.
Training Course on Ichthyoplankton. The course prioritized the taxonomic identification of fish eggs and larvae for the most common species in Western Mediterranean...
Rome, Italy 19-20 January 2016.
Intersessional meeting of the Compliance Committee (CoC). The meeting reviewed the status of implementation of GFCM decisions, and the status of data and information transmission.
Rome, Italy 18 January 2016.
Coordination Meeting between GFCM and Regional Projects. CopeMed II participated in a joint session held in GFCM headquarters with the FAO Regional Projects, GFCM Secretariat, SAC Bureau...
Rome, Italy 23-28 November 2015.
Working Groups on Stock Assessment (WGSA) of Demersal and Small Pelagic Species. CopeMed II participated in the GFCM (WGSA), which main objective was to give advice on the status of main stocks in the Mediterranean Sea.
3-6 November, 2015, Malaga, Spain.
Study Group on demersal stocks of interest to Algeria, Morocco and Spain in the Alborán Sea (GSA 01, 02, 03, and 04). The group reviewed the current state and recent developments on sampling programs and monitoring systems by country.
6-7 October, 2015, Malaga, Spain.
Study Group on stocks assessments of small pelagic species of interest to Algeria, Morocco and Spain in the Alboran Sea (GSAs 01, 02, 03 and 04). Attended by experts from Morocco and Spain, and by the Mediterranean Fisheries Coordinator of the IEO.

NEWS

The Tunisian Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer (INSTM) and the Algerian Centre National de Recherche et de Dévelopement de la Pêche et de l’Aquaculture (CNRDPA) signed a Cooperation Agreement
18/05/2016

The Directors of the Tunisian Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer (INSTM) Mr. Hechmi Missaoui and of the Algerian Centre National de Recherche et de Dévelopement de la Pêche et de l’Aquaculture (CNRDPA), Mr Rachid Annane signed a Cooperation Agreement for research and training activities in topics such as fisheries, oceanography, biotechnology, biodiversity, fishing technologies and aquaculture. The agreement was signed on the 18th of May 2016 during the bilateral meeting organised by the FAO regional projects Copemed II and MedSudMed for the definition of a workplan towards the joint assessment of demersal and small pelagic resources in the confluences of the two neighboring geographical subareas: GSA 4 and GSA 12.

The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and the Spanish Institute for Oceanography (IEO) renews their agreement to work on sustainability of fisheries in the Mediterranean by supporting CopeMed II
02/02/2015
The IEO Site
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Experts gather to improve the world’s fisheries information
10/03/2014
FAO/Fisheries

 

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Publications, Brochure and National Representatives

A guide to the eggs and larvae of 100 common Western Mediterranean Sea bony fish species. 2017. Rodriguez, J.M., Alemany, F. and Garcia A. FAO, Rome, Italy, 256 pp.
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A guide to the eggs and larvae of 100 common Western Mediterranean Sea bony fish species.
2017. Rodriguez, J.M., Alemany, F. and Garcia A. FAO, Rome, Italy, 256 pp.

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