Due to the sheer complexity of managing deep-sea fisheries NEAFC’s five members – the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Russia and Denmark (on behalf of the Faroes Islands and Greenland) – could not complete the review this week but agreed to schedule further work on this issue in early 2013.
London – The 30th annual meeting of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) ended today, with countries agreeing to prohibit fishing for deep-sea sharks but failing to agree on significant, additional measures to safeguard vulnerable deep-sea species and ecosystems. While NEAFC has made considerable progress since 2006 in closing areas on the high seas south of Iceland to bottom fishing, it is has yet to establish effective regulations to ensure sustainable deep-sea fisheries.
The Annual Meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) took place 10-14 November 2010. Three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) attended as observers – the Pew Environment Group, Seas at Risk and WWF, together with the DSCC. In relation to the implementation of the UN General Assembly resolutions on deep-sea fisheries, in their opening statements the NGOs called on NEAFC Parties to agree to:
The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition expressed dismay at the publication today of the European Commission’s Communication on fishing opportunities in EU waters in 2011.
Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Delegates and Observers,
Thank you for once again providing Seas At Risk with the opportunity to observe and address this meeting. I also deliver this statement on behalf of WWF and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition.
Responding to the preliminary findings of a new scientific report published today (November 9th), which describes a systematic failure by fisheries managers in the North Atlantic to protect the deep oceans, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) has said it’s time to halt unregulated deep sea bottom fishing .
On behalf of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC), we extend our best wishes to you for 2009.
We wish to highlight 2009 as an important year for the conservation and protection of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. As of 31 December 2008, high seas fishing States have agreed, under UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 61/105, to prohibit their flagged fishing vessels from bottom fishing on the high seas where regulations have not been established to implement paragraphs 83 – 86 of the resolution.
The annual meeting of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) in London 10-14 November failed to take necessary steps to protect deep-sea ecosystems on the high seas and missed the deadline for protection measures set by the UN General Assembly.
Update on the implementation of UN GA Res/61/105 With the sustainable fisheries negotiations resuming next week, below is a compilation of the latest news from recent RFMO meetings and their progress towards implementation of UNGA Resolution 61/105 paragraphs 83-86 on the protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems from high seas bottom fishing.
The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) welcomes the agreement adopted by the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) today to protect deep-sea corals and other sensitive ecosystems from high seas bottom fisheries in the Northeast Atlantic.