Regional Fisheries Management Organization

1 September, 2011

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted resolution 61/105 in 2006 committing States and regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) to implement a series of measures to manage deep-sea fisheries in areas beyond national jurisdiction no later than 31 December 2008, or else not authorize such fishing to proceed.  In 2009, resolution 64/72 made the requirements even more explicit.  It is now 2011, and a recent review conducted by the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) makes it clear that most high seas fishing States are falling far short of these international commitments. 

Continue reading Deep Sea Conservation Coalition calls for full and frank debate at the UN on the “unfinished business” of implementing commitments on deep-sea bottom fishing in the high seas

13 July, 2011

(Translated from Spanish)

Dear Matthew,

In response to your letter, I would like to inform you that on 4 April Spain presented to civil society the results of a commitment which we adopted in 2005 aimed at protecting vulnerable marine ecosystems, taking into account sustainability and biodiversity.  In 2005, Spain decided to identify and locate VMEs in areas where the Spanish fleet was operating in order to protect deep-sea fisheries as a socio-economic activity without harming VMEs.  This commitment entailed both the involvement of a large number of scientists, mainly coming from the Spanish Oceanographic Institute, and a great economic investment every year.

Continue reading Letter from Spanish Minister to DSCC on new commitments in the South West Atlantic

4 April, 2011

The Spanish Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (MARM) hosted an event on 4 April in Madrid. Scientists presented the results of the several years of research by the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) to identify vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) on the high seas of the Atlantic Ocean. The meeting was opened by Minister Rosa Aguilar. MARM is the Ministry within which the General Secretariat of the Sea (Secretaria General del Mar), which is responsible for fisheries, is housed.

Continue reading Spanish Institute for Oceanography Releases Results of Research into Vulnerable Deep-sea Ecosystems in the Southwest Atlantic

24 June, 2010

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition today released a report at the United Nations which describes major shortcomings in the implementation of UN General Assembly resolutions designed to protect the deep-ocean from the destructive impact of fishing. Lead author of the report, Dr Alex Rogers of the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), said that “RFMOs are failing to manage deep-sea bottom fisheries on the high seas sustainably with respect to target and by-catch species. For most fisheries there is little or no information on the status of stocks and in many cases we do not even know what is being caught where.”

Continue reading Scientific Review: Most High Seas, Deep Sea fish unmanaged

16 March, 2010

DSCC Intervention
Preparatory Session:
Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks New York, 24-28 May 2010

NRDC/DSCC Intervention

Continue reading DSCC Statement Made to UN Fish Stocks Review Conference Preparatory Meeting

4 December, 2009

4 December 2009 The UN General Assembly will today (4th December) call upon all high seas fishing nations to intensify their efforts to protect vulnerable deep-sea life in the international waters of the world’s oceans. Gathered for the annual Oceans and Law of the Sea debate, the General Assembly will adopt a resolution which requires high seas fishing nations to conduct impact assessments to determine the potential impacts of deep-sea bottom fishing on the seabed and adopt and implement regulations to prevent damage to vulnerable deep ocean habitats before they permit, or authorize, their fishing fleets to engage in deep-sea fishing on the high seas.

Continue reading UN General Assembly to call for greater protection of the deep sea