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Opening Ceremony of Technical Assistance in Implementation
of Stock Assessment in Fisheries Activities




The opening ceremony of the Technical Assistance in Implementation of Stock Assessment in Fisheries Activities funded by the European Union was held on 3 April 2019 in Ankara. In the IFISH Project, the beneficiaries are Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policy (TAGEM). The contracting authority of the project is the Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU). The AGT Spa consortium, headquartered in Rome, signed a contract to implement the project by February 2021.

The objective of the project is to contribute to the gradual harmonization with EU legislation in the Republic of Turkey's fisheries policy. The project, which will be implemented in line with the general objectives of the EU's common fisheries policy, will provide the basis for a sustainable fisheries governance strategy. Thus, Turkey's fishing industry and the desired sustainability goals is to help develop the ecosystem approach.

The aim of the project is to improve the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and to increase stakeholder awareness in stock assessment and ecosystem monitoring in fisheries activities. The project has three components. These are ; strengthening the administrative capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for stock assessment in fisheries activities, ecosystem monitoring and management and the establishment of a comprehensive advisory board; data collection, verification, evaluation methodology development and stock assessment in fisheries activities, and stakeholder awareness and participation.

The project will focus on several key elements. The first of these is to provide training for fisheries managers and scientists with an ecosystem based approach in fisheries management. In this way, the importance of strong stock assessments to increase the usability of data in line with the principles of ecosystem-based fisheries management will be emphasized. Also, stakeholders were included in the fisheries management process to ensure the sustainability of marine resources in Turkey.

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