MedFish4Ever awards on innovative practices in fisheries and aquaculture

by Thomas Jensen

The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean is organising a major event for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture that may interest you. Five years away from reaching the targets set by the Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration, and in the wake of recent crises that have called for greater adaptation and the need to boost progress, the “GFCM High-level conference on MedFish4Ever initiatives: Transformative actions to address new challenges” aims to take stock of advances and inspire reinforced ambition towards sustainable Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries and aquaculture. 

The conference will open on 3 October 2023 with multidisciplinary panels exploring the challenges faced and potential solutions as we look to the future. These will be followed, on the second day, by a high-level segment where ministers and their representatives will announce how they intend to accelerate their commitments towards delivering on their sustainability pledges and defining the future outlook, means, and opportunities for this important sector. Other events are also planned to be held in parallel with the conference. 

The conference will be the occasion to recognize outstanding innovative practices in the fields of fishing technology, aquaculture, and the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing .

The main objective of the MedFish4Ever awards is to promote innovation and creativity as drivers of sustainability in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

We are looking for all interested stakeholders, which could be organisations, national administrations, private companies, research centres, and individuals.


Proposals can be submitted through this online form.

Deadline: 8 September

There are three award categories:

Category 1 – Innovation in fishing technology, including gear selectivity, adaptation to climate change, and decarbonization of the fishing fleet;
Category 2 – Novel research in aquaculture operations;
• Category 3 – New technologies and/or methodologies in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

    Winners will receive a prize, as well as support for participation at the GFCM Forum on Fisheries Science in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (FishForum 2024) for categories 1 and 3, and at the International Symposium on fisheries and aquatic sciences (SOFAS 2023) for category 2, giving winners the opportunity to showcase their innovative practices. We thank you so much for your attention and would be so grateful if you could help us to reach a higher number of interested people in submitting their innovative practices and supporting the sustainable development of the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

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