The first AdriaMed Meeting on Socio-Economic Aspects of the Adriatic Sea Fishery Sector was held in Campobasso, Italy on the 28th – 29th May 2001. The meeting was attended by experts from Albania, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia. The main objective of the meeting was to contribute at establishing a network of national experts, gain a preliminary insight into the main priorities to be addressed, identify major gaps in knowledge and expertise in the field, exchange relevant information and identify the next steps to be taken. The current state of affairs regarding fishery socio-economics research in each country was reported and the suitable common socio-economic variables and indicators to be used around the Adriatic basin were discussed. The questionnaire on fishery socio economic data elaborated by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - Scientific Advisory Committee, Sub Committee on Economic and Social Sciences (GFCM-SAC, SCESS) in May 2001 was indicated as a suitable starting point for the discussion of socio-economic variable and indicators to be applied to the Mediterranean. It was resolved that, on the basis of a modified version of the above mentioned SCESS questionnaire, the accessibility of information would be investigated in all the countries. This will constitute the first joint and concerted action of the regional network of fishery socio-economists just established.
A preliminary list of each country’s priorities, concerning socio-economics aspects, was identified, it includes: legislation and fiscal system, associations, problems concerning fish markets. As AdriaMed is establishing a network of fishing ports for biological sampling purpose it was suggested and agreed that these same ports could be used to collect socio-economic information, thus guaranteeing standardisation of methods.