Minister Jože Podgoršek at a conference on the New vision for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea
Minister Jože Podgoršek has attended the high-level video conference of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) entitled A new vision for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
At the video conference, Agriculture Minister Podgoršek heard a presentation on the new GFCM 2030 strategy, which was given by the GFCM Secretariat.
The new GFCM 2030 strategy addresses topics that are crucial for Slovenia, such as the support for the sustainable development of small-scale inshore fishing and aquaculture. It will focus on five targets: healthy seas and productive fisheries, a level playing field to eradicate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, a sustainable and resilient sector growing to its full potential, decent employment and engaged fishers for profitable fisheries, and efficient technical assistance, knowledge sharing and partnership in a subregional perspective.
The Republic of Slovenia endorsed the new GFCM 2030 strategy since it contains all key elements for the implementation of the common fisheries policy and supports the sustainable development of aquaculture and small-scale inshore fishing in accordance with the objectives of the Management plan for commercial marine fisheries in territorial and internal coastal waters of the Republic of Slovenia, National strategic plan for aquaculture development by 2030 and Operational Programme for the Implementation of the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund for the 2021–2027 period. Podgoršek stressed: "Despite our minimal contribution to the exploitation of shared stocks, Slovenia is committed to the sustainable exploitation of stocks, the conservation of the marine environment and the sustainable development of aquaculture. We consider that the priorities of the new GFCM strategy are the right ones and that they must be achieved by 2030." Joint regional management plans for shared stocks and the socio-economic dimension are very important for the future promotion of small-scale inshore fishing and aquaculture in the Adriatic Sea and the wider Mediterranean.