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Últimas publicaciones The Mediterranean fishery management: A call for shifting the current paradigm from duplication to synergy

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Massimiliano Cardinale, Francesco Colloca, Angelo Bonanno, Giuseppe Scarcella, Enrico Arneri, Angélique Jadaud, Claire Sarauxi, Salvatore Aronica, Simona Genovese, Marco Barra, Gualtiero Basilone, Silvia Angelini, Fabio Falsone, Vita Gancitano, Alberto Santojanni, Fabio Fiorentino, Giacomo Milisenda, Matteo Murenu, Tommaso Russo, Piera Carpi, Beatriz Guijarro, José Luis Pérez Gil, María González, Pedro Torres, Ana Giráldez, Cristina García, Antonio Esteban, Encarnación García, Miguel Vivas, Enric Massutí, Francesc Ordines, Antoni Quetglas, Juan Gil Herrera, 2021. The Mediterranean fishery management: A call for shifting the current paradigm from duplication to synergy. Marine Policy. Volume 131, September 2021, 104612.

Abstract: Independence of science and best available science are fundamental pillars of the UN-FAO code of conduct for responsible fisheries and are also applied to the European Union (EU) Common Fishery Policy (CFP), with the overarching objective being the sustainable exploitation of the fisheries resources. CFP is developed by DG MARE, the department of the European Commission responsible for EU policy on maritime affairs and fisheries, which has the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) as consultant body. In the Mediterranean and Black Sea, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (FAO-GFCM), with its own Scientific Advisory Committee on Fisheries (GFCM-SAC), plays a critical role in fisheries governance, having the authority to adopt binding recommendations for fisheries conservation and management. During the last years, advice on the status of the main stocks in the Mediterranean and Black Sea has been provided both by GFCM-SAC and EU-STECF, often without a clear coordination and a lack of shared rules and practices. This has led in the past to: i) duplications of the advice on the status of the stocks thus adding confusion in the management process and, ii) a continuous managers’ interference in the scientific process by DG MARE officials hindering its transparency and independence. Thus, it is imperative that this stalemate is rapidly resolved and that the free role of science in Mediterranean fisheries assessment and management is urgently restored to assure the sustainable exploitation of Mediterranean marine resources in the future.

Keywords: Mediterranean fisheries management, GFCM, STECF, CFP