The signing of a Ministerial Declaration on the Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF) took place on 26 September 2018 at the end of the High-level event of the High-level conference on sustainable Small Scale Fisheries organised by the GFCM.

The RPOA-SSF is a political commitment setting forth concrete actions to be carried out over the next ten years (until 2028) in order to strengthen and support sustainable small-scale fisheries in our region. It aims at establishing objectives, principles and concrete actions to ensure the long-term environmental, economic and social sustainability of SSF.

This RPOA-SSF is based on the conclusions of the First Regional Symposium on Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, the SSF Guidelines, the Regional Conference “Building a future for sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea”, the High-level conference on Black Sea fisheries and aquaculture, the High-level conference towards enhanced cooperation on Black Sea fisheries and aquaculture, the Ministerial conference on the sustainability of Mediterranean fisheries “MedFish4Ever” (Malta, March 2017) and the Mid-term strategy (2017-2020) towards the sustainability of Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries adopted by the GFCM, and finally the FAO Blue Growth Initiative.

In particular, the RPOA-SSF puts forth actions to be taken in line with nine key topics:

  1. Scientific research
  2. Small-scale fisheries data
  3. Small-scale fisheries management measures
  4. Small-Scale fisheries value chain
  5. Participation of small-scale fisheries in decision-making processes
  6. Capacity-building
  7. Decent work
  8. Role of women
  9. Climate and environment

Read the RPOA-SSF (PDF): En | Fr  –  Signed Ministerial Declaration available here: Declaration


The MedPAN network is an active player in the process that culminated with this Regional Plan of Action. Indeed the meeting organised in Jijel, Algeria, at the beginnning of 2018 that gathered about 15 fishers and MPA managers from 8 Mediterranean countries, produced a set of recommandations that was transmitted to the GFCM with the aim to contribute to the Regional Plan of Action. Previous collaborations with the GFCM have also contributed to showcase the important links between MPAs and Small Scale Fisheries. Voir l’article : Small Scale Fishers and MPA Managers in the Mediterranean: alliances for the sustainability of the resource and the profession.