The Fifth meeting of the Coordination Committee of the AdriaMed Project (Scientific Cooperation to Support Responsible Fisheries in the Adriatic Sea) was attended by representatives of participating countries (Albania, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia and for the first time the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro) and other interested parties.
The meeting sought to present and discuss the results of the activities carried out by the Project referring to the period 2003-2004. The operative programme followed the methodological approach applied by the Project in implementing the Research Programmes, in strengthening and supporting the AdriaMed Working Groups and network of experts, in improving relations at Mediterranean level between the Project, the GFCM and other regional project entities. The outcome to date on all field research projects was presented and the work plan for the coming period was discussed and approved, relative to the main areas of Project activity: Adriatic Sea shared fishery resources; Adriatic fishery social and economic aspects; Fishery statistics and information systems; Adriatic Fishery Management; Relations at Mediterranean basin. The level of scientific cooperation achieved, the multidisciplinary frame which is being established, the effective data sharing and the progress made in the cooperative appraisal of fishery resources, make the concrete foundations to initiate the process of identifying and agreeing on an array of multidisciplinary sustainable fisheries development indicators, concerted at regional level. The AdriaMed cooperative framework will be further strengthened by the imminent adherence of the Republic Serbia and Montenegro. The AdriaMed participating Countries, through their delegates, wished to clearly point out that the future continuation of the AdriaMed experience is an essential condition to ensure the management and development of the fisheries sector of the whole Adriatic Sea.