Under the leadership of the EU Delegation, the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO) adopted a number of conservation and management measures at its 9th Annual session held in Busan, Republic of Korea, on 3-7 December 2012.
A new system of Observation, Inspection, Compliance and Enforcement extending and consolidating current rules are a very positive outcome which also moves towards a harmonisation with practices undertaken by other RMFOs. The only outstanding element for a comprehensive system, namely the "inspection at sea" programme will be tackled next year. This can be seen as another positive step in the on-going fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).
SEAFO also adopted an EU/Norwegian co-sponsored proposal regarding dispute settlements which follows up on a performance review recommendation and brings more clarity to this process.
With regard to the conservation of demersal species the good news is that the EU's strong position of following scientific advice was followed and the TACs for Red Crab, Orange Roughy, Alfonsino and Patagonian Toothfish were rolled over as recommended by the Scientific Committee. The adoption of several other recommendations by the Scientific Committee, such as more stringent catch reporting, amendments to the rules on exploratory fishing, the elaboration of a specifies identification guide are welcomed as well and will certainly help to improve the science base of SEAFO.
However, the Commission is disappointed about the disregard by one Contracting Party of the latest scientific advice regarding the revised threshold for species indicators for the identification of vulnerable marine ecosystems and precautionary TAC levels for Armourhead. The absence of decisions jeopardises the protection of VMEs and the viability of armourhead and blackbelly stocks in the South East Atlantic Ocean.
Background: SEAFO is the Regional Fisheries Management Organisation responsible for the regulation and management of non-tuna species in the South-East Atlantic high seas. The EU is a full member of SEAFO and plays a leading role in its efforts towards sustainable fishing. Other contracting parties include Angola, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Namibia, Norway.
Indicators for sustainable aquaculture in Mediterranean and Black Sea countries. Guide for the use of indicators to monitor sustainable development of aquaculture.
Studies and Reviews. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - 93
Fezzardi, D.; Massa, F.; Àvila-Zaragoza, P.; Rad, F.; Yücel-Gier, G.; Deniz, H.; Hadj Ali Salem, M.; Hamza, H.A.; Ben Salem, S.
This publication provides guidance for the use of indicators to monitor the sustainable development of aquaculture in Mediterranean and Black Sea countries. It mainly draws upon the outcomes of the activities carried out within the InDAM project on â€œIndicators for Sustainable Development of Aquaculture and Guidelines for their use in the Mediterraneanâ€, funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), as well as the outputs of other projects and initiatives dealing with European/Mediterranean aquaculture sustainability.
InDAM has been carried out in support to the Working Group on Sustainability in Aquaculture (WGSA) of the GFCM Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ). The publication was prepared by the GFCM Secretariat in close collaboration with coordinators and experts of the WGSA, the Working Group on Marketing on Aquaculture (WGMA), the Working Group on Site Selection and Carrying Capacity (WGSC), the Information System for the Promotion of Aquaculture (SIPAM), as well as other experts involved in projects and research activities on indicators for sustainable aquaculture and key stakeholders.
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