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Memorandum of understanding for interim coordination on sustainable fisheries









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    Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for the Wider Caribbean and Central America on Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures in the Marine Fishery Sector 2023
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    The Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for the Wider Caribbean and Central America on Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs) in the Marine Fishery Sector was co-organized by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The workshop was held online on 20–21 April and 27–28 April 2022. It sought to establish a way forward to identify fisheries-related OECMs in the Caribbean and provide technical input to prepare and test FAO’s practical guidance for identifying, evaluating, and reporting OECMs in marine fisheries. The main points covered during the expert meeting related to introducing participants to the OECM concept; providing an overview of the regional initiatives for biodiversity conservation, and exploring the current and potential place of fisheries management and OECMs in these regional initiatives; providing participants with an overview of the criteria and subcriteria for OECM identification; and providing participants with an overview of the OECM reporting process and the potential capacity-building needs to identify, evaluate and report OECMs in the Wider Caribbean Region. During the expert meeting, participants conducted practical exercises by applying the OECM criteria to eight real-life case studies from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States of America. Participants also discussed the role of OECMs in recognizing conservation efforts; the need to recognize fishers’ local culture in the OECM process; the incentives provided by OECM recognition; OECM identification and evaluation; and the use of international guidance to support the identification and evaluation of OECMs.
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    Fisheries management in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction 2016
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    In recent years, fisheries management, including in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), has evolved to become a more holistic management framework. In the ABNJ, legal and policy instruments of particular relevance include the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, the United Nations 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 Stradd ling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UN Fish Stocks Agreement), and the FAO International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-sea Fisheries in the High Seas (FAO Deep-sea Fisheries Guidelines).
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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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