Tunisia signs Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia signs Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration

Tunisia among other Mediterranean countries pledged to save Mediterranean fish stocks and protect the region’s ecological and economic wealth in the framework of the Ministerial Conference on Mediterranean Fisheries organised by the European Commission in Valletta, Malta, on March 29-30.

The Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration issued on Thursday, following months of negotiations, will set the work over the next ten years on the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. The commitments made by signatories include the elimination of illegal fishing by 2020 by means of ensuring that all states have the legal framework and the necessary human and technical capabilities to meet their control and inspection responsibilities.

Signatory states will also establish multi-annual management plans for all key fisheries and support sustainable small-scale fisheries and aquaculture by streamlining funding schemes for local projects such as fleet upgrade with low-impact techniques and fishing gear.

Secretary of State for Water Resources and Fisheries Abdallah Rabhi represented Tunisia at this meeting also attended by

representatives of the European Commission, eight member states (Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus) and Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro as well as FAO.

Source: TAP News Agency

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