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HellasFish Project will support fisheries on their pathway towards sustainability in the Greek Seas.

Why this project?

HellasFishLogo500x500Greece has the largest fleet in the European Union, with over 14,000 vessels, the vast majority of them belonging to small scale fisheries. Fisheries have always been part of the tradition of Greece and are still important today, especially at remote island areas. Moving Greek fisheries towards sustainability will result to benefits for the livelihoods of island and coastal communities, as well as for the biodiversity of the Greek Seas. HellasFish Project provides the framework and the platform for bringing stakeholders together and enabling Greek fishers to make their practices more sustainable.

How does it work?

By gathering information on fishing practices, catches and trade, the project will gain an understanding of fisheries in Greece. The project will then use the MSC Fisheries Standard, a globally recognised measure of sustainability to benchmark performance and prioritise improvement practices in selected fisheries. The third stage will engage stakeholders in collaboration on developing action plans for selected fisheries, with the ultimate aim of those fisheries becoming MSC certified.


HellasFish project stages


Stage 1


Stage 2


Stage 3

Action Plans

What?Mapping fisheries in the regionAssessing baseline performance and identifying areas for improvementDeveloping action plans to improve fisheries' performance against the MSC indicators
How?Building fisheries profiles through desktop research and stakeholder interviewsConducting large-scale gap analysis of fisheries' performance against the MSC StandardAgreeing on actions and stakeholders' responsibilities to address gaps defined in Stage 2
By whom?External expertsAccredited third-party assessorCollaborative stakeholder effort

Who is involved?

HellasFish was initiated by the MSC and is funded by MAVA Foundation, A.G. Leventis Foundation and the MSC.

Impact Report

MSC Medpath Impact Report 2024
Description: MedPath projects (Medfish in Spain and France, BluFish in Italy and HellasFish in Greece) were developed by the MSC to support Mediterranean fisheries towards sustainability
Date of issue: 03 April 2024
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