Rabat - Morocco signed a ministerial declaration called "MedFish4Ever" on Thursday in Malta.
Rabat – Morocco signed a ministerial declaration called “MedFish4Ever” on Thursday in Malta.
The purpose of the declaration is to strengthen governance for achieving the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the Mediterranean, said the ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
The document was signed as part of the ministerial conference on Mediterranean fisheries, represented by 15 ministers and official delegations representing the fisheries sector around the Mediterranean.
The declaration urges the signatories “to develop a comprehensive governance involving all stakeholders and empowering fishermen, especially within small scale fleets, to take direct responsibility in the participative management of fisheries, building on the Mediterranean self -regulatory tradition.”
It also highlights the central roles of the Food and Agriculture Organization and the General fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean in supporting cooperation in sustainable development of both fisheries and aquaculture among coastal states, together with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna.
The declaration is also meant to achieve exploitation at Maximum Sustainable Yield to preserve food security, artisanal and subsistence fisheries and the socio-economic role of fisheries. This is in line with the Johannesburg declaration on sustainable development and Sustainable Development Goal 14 to “Conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.”