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News announcement25 August 2023

Fisheries and aquaculture innovation recognised by MedFish4Ever awards

Innovative practices in fishing technology and aquaculture will be awarded alongside the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing during the GFCM high-level conference on MedFish4Ever initiatives: Transformative actions to address new challenges.

The main objective of the MedFish4Ever awards is to promote innovation and creativity as drivers of sustainability in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Award categories

  1. Category 1 Innovation in fishing technology, including gear selectivity, adaptation to climate change and decarbonization of the fishing fleet.
  2. Category 2 Novel research in aquaculture operations
  3. Category 3 New technologies and/or methodologies in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Evaluation process

Proposals will be screened against a series of criteria under the three categories described above, bearing in mind geographic representation and type of innovation. An independent evaluation committee will review the proposals and select award winners.

Award ceremony

Awards will be granted during a ceremony on the evening of 3 October 2023 as part of the GFCM High-level conference on MedFish4Ever initiatives (Malta, exact location to be confirmed).

Winners will receive a prize, that includes support for the participation at the GFCM Forum on Fisheries Science in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (FishForum 2024) for categories 1 and 3, and at the International Symposium on fisheries and aquatic sciences (SOFAS 2023) for category 2, giving winners the opportunity to showcase their innovative practices.


The deadline for submission is 8 September 2023.

The award ceremony takes place in Malta on 3-4 October

Submit your proposal



Publication date
25 August 2023