Consisting of 23 Member countries along with the European Union, the GFCM’s objectives are to promote the development, conservation, rational management and best utilization of living marine resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and connecting waters. Membership is open to both Mediterranean coastal states and regional economic organizations as well as to United Nations member states whose vessels engage in fishing in Mediterranean waters.

MarBEF, a network of excellence funded by the European Union and consisting of 94 European marine institutes, is a platform to integrate and disseminate knowledge and expertise on marine biodiversity, with links to researchers, industry, stakeholders and the general public.

HATiP has as main focus the main priorities of the Greek and Mediterranean mariculture.

The Post-graduate Studies Programmes which are carried out by the Department of Biology of the University of Crete have been approved by the Ministry of Education according to Decree 2083/1992 and published in the official Government publications FEK 865/26.11.93, 1064/ and 354/14/1/98. These studies lead to two awards, a post-graduate degree with specialisation (M.Sc.) and a Doctoral degree (Ph.D).