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Global review of orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus), their fisheries, biology and management














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    The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture - 2004 (SOFIA) 2004
    Fisheries continue to receive increasing attention not only because they represent an important source of livelihoods and food but also because of their contribution to increasing our understanding of the vast aquatic ecosystem a strong concern of civil society at large. The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2004 concludes that developments in world fisheries and aquaculture during recent years have continued to follow the trends that were already becoming apparent at the end of the 1990 s: capture fisheries production is stagnating, aquaculture output is expanding and there are growing concerns with regard to safeguarding the livelihoods of fishers and the sustainability of both commercial catches and the aquatic ecosystem from which they are extracted. The report provides a comprehensive overview of these developments and discusses several issues that confront fishers and fish farmers worldwide: the recovery of marine fish stocks, the management of deep-water fisheries and the sustainability of capture-based aquaculture. Other questions of global significance are raised in the report, inter alia, the impact of trawling on benthic habitats, the amount of fish discarded in marine fisheries globally, and the measurement of fishing capacity. Consideration is also give to how freshwater fisheries in southern Africa could be managed sustainably while respecting the social and economic importance of these fisheries. The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2004 conc ludes with some views on the potential for fisheries and aquaculture as a source of food in the coming three decades.
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    General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. Report of the twenty-second session of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Fisheries, online, 22–25 June 2021 2021
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    The Scientific Advisory Committee on Fisheries (SAC) of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) held its twenty-second session online, from 22 to 25 June 2021. The session was attended by delegates from 19 Mediterranean contracting parties, 11 observers, as well as representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Fisheries Division, the GFCM Secretariat and invited experts. The Committee reviewed the work carried out during the 2019–2021 intersession, including within the framework of the mid-term strategy (2017–2020) towards the sustainability of Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and provided advice on status of priority stocks and ecosystems and on potential management measures addressing key fisheries and vulnerable species in the Mediterranean. In line with the subregional approach, the Committee formulated advice focusing on: i) small pelagic and priority demersal fisheries in the Adriatic Sea; ii) common dolphinfish and blackspot seabream fisheries in the western Mediterranean; iii) small pelagic and bottom trawl fisheries exploiting demersal stocks, particularly European hake, in the central Mediterranean; iv) deep-water red shrimp fisheries in the eastern-central Mediterranean, including their interactions with vulnerable marine ecosystems; and v) round sardinella in the eastern Mediterranean. The Committee also agreed on the technical soundness of three FRA proposals for the Bari Canyon, the Ebro Delta margin and the Palmahim Disturbance, to be submitted to the Commission. At the regional level, the Committee provided advice on the following: i) fishing technology and bycatch, including minimal technical specifications for bottom-trawl nets and the need for targeted pilot projects to investigate possible mitigation measures; ii) data call for the database on sensitive benthic habitats and species and other effective area-based conservation measures for the protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems and essential fish habitats; and iii) advances in the adaptation strategy for climate change. Furthermore, the Committee discussed additional work in support of the GFCM, namely the implementation of the Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, dedicated research programmes as well as other activities to enhance fisheries management in the region. Finally, the Committee agreed upon its work plan for 2021–2023.
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    Report of the workshop to review orange roughy acoustics data, 30 January—3 February 2017, Rome, Italy 2017
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    Scientists and observers from the deep-sea fishing industry, academia, regional fisheries bodies, and non-governmental organizations met at the FAO headquarters from 30 January to February 2017 to review the performance of acoustics data in the assessment of orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus) in the southern Indian Ocean. The workshop was organized in partnership with the ABNJ Deep Seas Project which has activities to improve knowledge on key deep-sea species and the methods and technologie s for their study and assessment. The outputs of the workshop would also be forwarded to the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement’s Scientific Committee, for consideration during its deliberations on the assessment of orange roughy.

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