On the basis of an Expert Consultation on Responsible Fishing, Sidney, British Colombia, Canada, 6 to 11 June 1994, draft guidelines with respect to fishing operations were developed for FAO by staff members of the Fishing Technology Service (FIIT), led by John Fitzpatrick, Director a.i. Fishery Industries Division.
In line with the recommendations of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), these draft guidelines were submitted to the Technical Consultation on the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing (the Code), Rome, 26 September to 5 October 1994 for information. The draft also contained a list of Annexes some of which were available, either in a complete form or at the advanced stage of drafting, whereas others had still to be elaborated.
In parallel with the development of the Code, the International Maritime Organization (IMO):
a) adopted the Torremolinos Protocol of 1993 relating to the Torremolinos International Convention on the Safety of Fishing Vessels, 1977;As an integral part of the Code, the FAO adopted the Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas (the Compliance Agreement) that includes, inter-alia, the concept of the authorization to fish. The inclusion of this concept in Article 8 of the Code, Fishing Operations greatly facilitated the revision of Annexes III and IV to these guidelines.
b) amended the Convention on the Training and Certification of Watchkeepers;
c) developed a new Convention on the Training and Certification of Fishing Vessel Personnel; and
d) amended the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (on the recommendation of FAO).
These guidelines have been prepared taking into account the:
a) report of the Expert Consultation on Responsible Fishing Operations, Sidney, British Colombia, Canada, 6-11 June 1994;Further Annexes on specific technical subjects are in preparation and these will be released in the form of a Supplement to the Technical Guidelines on Fishing Operations as and when they are completed.
b) elaboration of the Compliance Agreement;
c) developments at the United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks; and,
d) the elaboration of the Code of Conduct.
These Guidelines are preliminary and will be evaluated and revised as information accumulates through their implementation.
FAO Fishing Technology Service.
In accordance with the recommendations of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), FAO prepared the first draft of the technical guidelines in relation to Fishing Operations, which were submitted to the Technical Consultation on the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing, Rome, 26 September to 5 October 1994. The draft was prepared taking into account the Declaration of Cancún, Agenda 21 of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the Report of the Expert Consultation on Responsible Fishing Operations, Sidney, British Colombia, Canada, 6 -11 June 1994.
Thereafter, the draft was revised taking into account, the negotiations at the UN Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, the elaboration of the Code as well as developments at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with regard to the Protocol to the Torremolinos International Convention on Fishing Vessel Safety and the new International Convention on Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel, 1995.
Technical Guidelines are given in support of the
implementation of the Code in relation to fishing operations. These are
addressed to States, international organizations, fisheries management bodies,
owners, managers and charterers of fishing vessels as well as fishers and their
organizations. Guidance is also given with respect to the general
All FAO Members and Associate Members
Interested Nations and International Organizations
FAO Fisheries Department
FAO Fisheries Officers in FAO Regional Offices
Interested Non-Governmental Organizations