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Report of the eleventh meeting of the RECOFI Working Group on Fisheries Management, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 19-21 February 2019












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    Report of the Tenth Meeting of the RECOFI Working Group on Fisheries Management, Doha, State of Qatar, 6-8 December 2016 2017
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    This document contains the report of the tenth meeting of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) Working Group on Fisheries Management (WGFM) which was held in Doha, State of Qatar, from 6 to 8 December 2016. The tenth meeting of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) Working Group on Fisheries Management (WGFM) was held in Doha, State of Qatar from 6 to 8 December 2016. The meeting was convened by RECOFI and FAO and attended by 11 participants from five RECOFI member countries ( Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE) in addition to the FAO Secretariat and one invited expert. Participants provided updates of the current work ongoing at the national level with regards to the RECOFI priority species, and discussed data collection challenges. The WGFM reviewed the progress on the socio-economic work for RECOFI, and agreed that the socio-economic Task Group members must be updated, as well as the information provided in the socio-economic questionnaire. The WGFM took note that the general situation regarding the capacity of RECOFI members to report catch and effort information as defined in the Recommendation had slightly improved and acknowledged the progress that had been made regarding the integration of the current RECOFI regional data set into RAIS. The WGFM took note and considered the content and conclusions of the draft RECOFI review and noted with concern the low level of RECOFI members’attendance at intersessional meetings and workshops. The WGFM ackno wledged the benefits of developing FIRMS Marine Resources for the RECOFI region and recommended the initiation of the process focusing on the Spanish mackerel and shrimps as priority species. The meeting acknowledged with appreciation the efforts of the Secretariat for pursuing cooperation with ROPME, in particular considering the potential for mutual benefits of this cooperation for both organizations and their members. The WGFM agreed on a programme of work and budget for 2017–2018 to be submi tted at the ninth session of RECOFI for consideration.
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    Report of the Ninth Session of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI), Kuwait, State of Kuwait, 9-11 May 2017 / ????? ?????? ??????? ?????? ????????? ?????? ??????? 2017
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    This document contains the report of the Ninth session of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) held in Kuwait, State of Kuwait, from 9-11 May 2017. The session was attended by 20 delegates from five members of the Commission, namely State of Iraq, State of Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and six invited organizations. RECOFI acknowledged the convenience of the MoU with Regional Organisation for Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME) and expr essed its willingness to receive the legally cleared MoU for its consideration. It was agreed that the enforcement process of the MoU following this Session will be led by the Commission Chairperson in close collaboration with the Secretariat. The Commission reviewed the major activities carried out during the intersessional period. The Commission agreed on the inclusion of the main decisions and recommendations of FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) and Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC ) to the regular meetings of its working groups. The Commission endorsed the WGFM proposal to add two mullet species to the priority list, namely Klunzinger’s mullet (Liza klunzingeri) and Greenback mullet (Liza subviridis). It was agreed that the catch and effort data submitted by Members will be harmonized and integrated in an Excel format. The Commission agreed to proceed with the standard FAO aquaculture data questionnaires (AQNS1 and FishStat-AQ forms) for use at national and regional level s. It was decided to hold the regular meetings of its subsidiary bodies every two years starting from 2017. The Commission enforced a two-year programme of work for 2017-18 intersessional period.
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    Report of the Ninth Meeting of the RECOFI Working Group on Fisheries Management, Kuwait City, State of Kuwait, 24-26 November 2015 2016
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    This document contains the report of the ninth meeting of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) Working Group on Fisheries Management (WGFM) which was held in Kuwait City, State of Kuwait, from 24 to 26 November 2015. The WGFM took note of the outcomes of the eighth session of RECOFI (Muscat, Oman, 12 to 14 May 2015), including that the Commission noted that none of the priority activities of the WGFM had taken place, and that the Commission had reduced the activities of the current int ersessional period to only one activity: the joint appraisal of the Kingfish stock in the RECOFI area. Delegates provided updates on ongoing and current work on RECOFI priority species, recognizing the importance in ensuring that the knowledge base of RECOFI is preserved and to reduce fragmented studies being conducted by individual RECOFI member countries. It was proposed that two species be added to the list of RECOFI priority species. It was regarded as important to hold the Kingfish stock as sessment workshop in the first half of 2016. The WGFM agreed that the continuation of this socio-economic work is appreciated as a key activity in the intersessional period, noting the important role of the Task Group. It was re-highlighted that the data reported under Recommendation RECOFI/6/2011/1 would provide an adequate basis for monitoring the status of fishing operations and resources and taking management decisions. The meeting reviewed the standard classifications and terminologies and agreed on a set of RECOFI standards to cover the minimum data reporting component. The WGFM agreed to move toward one integrated formal RECOFI website for the integration of the current RECOFI regional data set and that Kuwait and FAO would further clarify and detail the tasks, activities and budget required in the transitional period and integrate them into a FAO/Kuwait cooperation agreement. It was agreed that there could be areas for cooperation between RECOFI and ROPME to the benefit of both regional organization and their members. The State of Qatar confirmed that it would host the tenth meeting of the Working Group on Fisheries Management in 2016.

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