Recommendations for the Meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission 9-13 November 2009 09/11/2009
Author: WWF, Seas at Risk & The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
In this briefing the authors set out recommendations on how the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission can better implement UN GA Resolution 61/105 to adopt and implement measures to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems from significant adverse impact from bottom fishing, and ensure the long-term conservation and optimum utilisation of the fishery resources. They identify three priority areas of focus for the Annual Meeting of NEAFC this year:
* Assessments of whether individual bottom fishing activities would have significant adverse impacts.
* The determination of whether bottom fishing activities would cause significant adverse impacts to the long-term sustainability of deep sea fish stocks.
* The requirement to cease bottom fishing activities in areas where, in the course of fishing operations, vulnerable marine ecosystems are encountered.