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

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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 (FIRF), 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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19 September 2014, Malaga, Spain.
IEO Malaga Centenary. Oceanographic Centre celebrated a commemorative ceremony for the centenary of its creation in the Subdelegacion del Gobierno, the project’s headquarters.
28-29 May 2014, Fuengirola, Spain.
7th CopeMed Coordination Committee meeting. The Committee discussed the inter committee period and the programme of activities proposed for the next intersessional period of implementation.
7-11 April 2014. Málaga, Spain.
Mediterranean Regional Workshop to facilitate the description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the Mediterranean. The workshop, inaugurated by representatives and authorities of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment...
2 April 2014. Alicante, Spain.
FAO-CopeMed participates in the International Master on Sustainable Fisheries Management at the Alicante University. A Mediterranean regional workshop to integrate scientific data and information that facilitate the selection of EBSAs in the Mediterranean basin...
15-16 March 2014. Valencia (Spain).
Seminar on the Spanish Mediterranean Fisheries. With the participation of the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Spain Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, a Seminar on the Spanish Mediterranean Fisheries was held in Valencia...
11-13 March 2014. Trieste, Italy.
15th Coordination Committee Meeting of the FAO AdriaMed Regional Project. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Donor (MIPAAF), representatives from the countries participating in the Project...
27 February 2014, Casablanca, Morocco.
INRH-CopeMed meeting. The Coordinator met with the General Director of the Institut National de Recherches Halieutiques (INRH) of Morocco Dr. Abdelmalek Faraj for the first time following his appointment as DG in 2013...
4-5 February 2014, Bar, Montenegro.
14th meeting of the SAC Sub Committee on Economy and Social Sciences (SCESS). Participants from several countries reviewed the contents of the agenda and prepared recommendations for the SAC on...
4-5 February 2014, Bar, Montenegro.
14th meeting of the Sub Committee on Marine Environment and Ecosystem (SCMEE) of the SAC-GFCM.. The SCMEE annual meeting was held in Bar, after finishing the WG on Marine Protected Areas. More than 25 experts from different countries, international organisations.
4-5 February 2014 Bar, Montenegro.
14th Session of the SAC Sub Committee on Statistics and Information (SCSI). Under the presidency of chair Mr. M. Alaa Eldin El-Haweet (Egypt), scientists from Morocco, Tunisia, Montenegro and the European Commission.
3-5 February 2014. Bar, Montenegro.
15th Meeting of the SAC Sub Committee on Stocks Assessment (SCSA). Scientist from the different regions of the Mediterranean participated SAC-GFCM held in Bar (Montenegro).
3 February 2014. Bar, Montenegro.
Working Group on Marine Protected Areas. Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the GFCM. Experts from different international organisations (UNEP-RAC/SPA; ACCOBAMS; IUCN; MedPAM; Oceana; WWF) and the GFCM.
3 February 2014. Bar, Montenegro.
Opening of the annual meeting of the Subcommittees of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the GFCM. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from Montenegro, Professor Petar Ivanovic, opened the 15th Session of SAC of GFCM.
11-12 December 2013 Malaga, Spain.
Consultation meeting for the neighbouring countries of the Alboran Sea. Since 2008, the RAC-SPA (Mediterranean Action of the United Nations Environment Programme) has been implementing the “MedOpenSeas”.
27-30 November 2013, St Julian’s, Malta.
First Regional Symposium on Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Under the coordination of the GFCM and the support of the Malta Fisheries Administration, co-sponsored by the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.
22-23 November 2013, FAO Headquarters, Rome.
Coordination with donors and presentation of a joint Mediterranean-wide Concept Note concerning the future of FAO Fishery Projects in the Mediterranean. The Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Resource Use and Conservation Division, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the FAO, Mr Indroyono Soesilo called to a consultation meeting to the traditional donors.
4-8 November 2013, GFCM Headquarters, Rome.
Training course "Improving the Analysis of Fisheries Data: An Introduction to R and the Fisheries Library based on R (FLR). The Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission in collaboration with the GFCM and the FAO Regional Projects AdriaMed, MedSudMed, EastMed and CopeMed organized a 5 days course.
21-25 October 2013. Tunisia.
CopeMed technical support to the Directorate General of Fisheries and Aquaculture (DGPA) on interactions between marine fisheries and aquaculture in Tunisia. CopeMed II participated in a technical expert mission to analyze the interactions between fisheries and aquaculture.
7–10 October 2013, Tunis, Tunisia.
Subregional Technical Workshop on Fisheries Multiannual Management Plans for the Western, Central and Eastern Mediterranean. The Workshop was part of an action within the GFCM Framework Programme addressing the following fisheries.
3 October 2013. Madrid, Spain.
Coordination Meeting with General Director of the Algerian CNRDPA. Under the subject “Support for civil society professional organizations” the Sub-Regional Office of FAO for North Africa.
27 September 2013. Izmir, Turkey.
GFCM Workshop on Artificial Reefs in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Under the subject “Support for civil society professional organizations” the Sub-Regional Office of FAO for North Africa.
24-26 September 2013. Bizerte, Tunisia.
Sub-Regional Workshop to strengthen the Capacity of Artisanal Fisheries Professional Organizations in the countries of North Africa. Under the subject “Support for civil society professional organizations” the Sub-Regional Office of FAO for North Africa.




Country Fishery Information

Spain Spain France France Morocco Algeria Tunisia Libya Italy Italy Malta

Other mediterranean projects

ARTFIMED Développement durable de la pêche artisanale Méditerranéenne au Maroc et en Tunisie (ArtFiMed)

Scientific Cooperation to Support Responsible Fisheries in the Adriatic Sea. (AdriaMed)

EASTMED Scientific and Institutional Cooperation to Support Responsible Fisheries in the Eastern Mediterranean. (EastMed)
MEDFISIS Fishery Statistics and Information System in the Mediterranean. (MedFisis)
MEDSUDMED Assessment and Monitoring of the Fishery Resources and the Ecosystems in the Straits of Sicily. (MedSudMed)

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