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Report of the second session of the RECOFI working Group on Fisheries Management. Cairo, Egypt, 27-30 October 2008.











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    FAO/Regional Commission for Fisheries. Report of the sixth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 21-23 October 2014
    FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 1094. Rome, FAO. 50 pp.
    2015
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    The sixth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Muscat, Oman, from 21 to 23 October 2014 and was attended by representatives from seven member countries. The WGA reviewed the outcome and recommendations of the sixth and seventh sessions of the Commission. The WGA noted the importance of the timely collection, submission and sharing of accurate aquaculture statistics and other relevant aquaculture information. A draft recom mendation on the minimum reporting of aquaculture data and information was discussed. The meeting agreed that RECOFI members would provide their comments at the next session of the Commission, when the recommendation will be presented for adoption. In the event the recommendation is adopted, it was agreed that the aquaculture data and information would be best submitted by the individual countries through specifically designed and dedicated templates accessible from the Regional Aquaculture Info rmation System (RAIS) website. The meeting discussed the RAIS following the presentation of the web analysis report, which indicated a steady interest in the information system particularly among the Arabic-speaking countries. Actions to further consolidate and expand the system were discussed, along with the need to improve the overall communication outputs at the national and regional levels. The WGA finalized its proposed programme of work for the next intersessional period, based also on the WGA programme adopted by the Commission at its seventh session. The main activities identified for the next work plan include: a training workshop on aquaculture risk analysis; a technical workshop on aquaculture recirculation technologies; a training workshop on aquaponics; hands-on training in marine hatchery technologies; and a technical meeting to share regional experiences in the use of GIS and spatial analysis in coastal zone management and marine aquaculture planning and development. In view of emerging aquatic animal health issues, the WGA further agreed that, during the implementation of the workshop on aquaculture risk analysis, the technical experts from the member countries would also discuss priority issues related to aquatic animal biosecurity and identify activities that required action. The WGA recognized that the Commission, based on its current level of financial contribution, might not have the required budget to implement a comprehensive aquaculture programme, and it recommended that some activities could be implemented with extrabudgetary funds. The WGA Alternate Focal Point of Oman was nominated as the new WGA Chairperson, while the WGA Focal Point of Bahrain was nominated as the new WGA Vice-Chairperson.
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    Report of the Twelfth Meeting of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) Working Group on Fisheries Management
    Virtual meeting, 4-5 October 2021
    2023
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    The twelfth meeting of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) Working Group on Fisheries Management (WGFM) was held virtually, from 4 to 5 October 2021. The meeting was convened by RECOFI and FAO and attended by 36 participants from the following seven RECOFI member countries: Iraq, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates in addition to the FAO Secretariat. Bahrain did not attend. The meeting agreed with the recommendations from the workshop on Minimum Data Reporting (MDR) in July and noted that in terms of reviewing and reassessing the current MDR indicators, information could be collected using the previously noted tables on current work on RECOFI priority species, in particular the information regarding management measures and targeted fisheries. The WGFM noted the importance of having a variety of expertise providing input to FIRMS; it was acknowledged that while the Focal Point may not be an expert in all areas, they should consult with colleagues with relevant expertise as needed. Additionally, the meeting recognized it could be useful for the Focal Point and Alternate Focal Point to have complementary expertise to facilitate all the needed information. The meeting noted the challenge of reporting a stock as national or shared, due to it not being known definitively for each species. This has resulted in some inconsistencies in reporting across RECOFI countries on both RECOFI Priority Species as well as other species commonly reported by RECOFI member countries on the SDG 14.4.1 questionnaire. The meeting noted that RECOFI could play a role by working with member countries to jointly develop and complete a table on certain stocks which would assist member Countries in filling out the SDG 14.4.1 questionnaire. The WGFM is proposing a template which, once adopted by the Commission, will be used by the Secretariat to fill out according to the data already submitted by four RECOFI Countries which submitted their SDG14.4.1 questionnaire as part of the first inquiry launched by FAO in November 2019. The completed table would then be recirculated to RECOFI member countries in the endeavour to facilitate consistency in reporting when completing future versions of the SDG 14.4.1 Questionnaire. Countries which have not yet reported on the SDG14.4.1 questionnaire will be invited to provide inputs to that table. The WGFM acknowledged the recommendations of the workshop and reaffirmed the request to receive the SDG 14.4.1 questionnaire in Arabic.
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    Report of the fourth meeting of the RECOFI Working Group on Fisheries Management. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 3-5 October 2010. 2010
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    This document contains the report of the fourth meeting of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) Working Group on Fisheries Management (WGFM), which was held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, from 3 to 5 October 2010. The Working Group considered and made decisions on matters concerning the Programme of Work and Budget for the 2011¿12 biennium for the WGFM including a review of the regional strategy and priorities for regional fisheries management, the outcome of the Special Meeting on R ECOFI Consolidation and Development that took place at FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy, in May 2010, and stock status reporting in support of long-term sustainable fisheries management in the RECOFI region. Significantly, the WGFM adopted a Recommendation on Minimum Data Reporting in the RECOFI Area. This is the first Recommendation adopted by the WGFM. If accepted by RECOFI, it will become binding on Members of the Commission. The WGFM also considered a proposal by the Sultanate of Oman in relati on to a proposal for a feasibility study to review the development of a regional database on violations, establish a list of vessels authorized to fish by RECOFI Members and promote the establishment of a regional fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance information exchange scheme. Finally, the WGFM reviewed the outcomes of the Tripartite Meeting on Fisheries Management Cooperation in the Northern Area of RECOFI that was held at FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy, in May 2010, and the FAO/INFO SAMAK Seminar on Fish Trade and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the Near East and North Africa that took place in Agadir, Morocco, in June 2010. Other important decisions made by the WGFM included the election of a new Chairperson, the agreement to propose to the Commission that the WGFM meet annually rather than on a biennial basis and that a special meeting of the Working Group be convened immediately prior to the May 2011 session of the Commission.

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