FAO Fisheries Report No. 722
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Report of the Expert Consultation on Fishing Vessels Operating under Open Registries and their Impact on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. Miami, Florida, United States of America, 23 - 25 September 2003.
FAO Fisheries Report. No 722. Rome, FAO. 2004. 168p.
This document contains the report of the Expert Consultation on Fishing Vessels Operating under Open Registries and their Impact on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing that was held at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Miami, Florida, United States of America, from 23 to 25 September 2003. The Expert Consultation was convened by the Director-General of FAO with a view to facilitating implementation of the 2001 FAO International Plan of Action to Deter, Prevent and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IPOA-IUU). Experts for this Consultation were selected because of their experience with open registries and in the field of fisheries.
The Experts focused on the effects of IUU fishing on global fishery resources and on lessons that might be learned from the experiences of flag States that have already implemented tighter control over the activities of their fishing vessels. Background papers presented to the Consultation covered topics including: a global assessment of the extent of IUU fishing; fishing vessels operating under open registries and the exercise of flag State responsibility; standards relating to flag State responsibility over fishing vessels contained in recent international instruments; and the International Network for the Cooperation and Coordination of Fisheries-related Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Activities (International MCS Network). Three case study presentations were also made by Experts from selected open registry countries (Cook Islands, Cyprus and Panama).
A round table discussion following the presentations led to the adoption of a number of recommendations for more effective application of flag State control over fishing vessels, particularly those operating under open registries, as a means to reduce the incidence of IUU fishing. These recommendations identified measures to be adopted by all States, flag States, coastal States and port States, as well as for assistance to developing States.
Results of the Expert Consultation are intended to provide inputs for a Technical Consultation on IUU fishing, fleet capacity and subsidies that is planned for mid-2004, in accordance with a decision of the twenty-fifth session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in February 2003.
PREPARATION OF THIS DOCUMENT
ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
ACRONYMS FOR REGIONAL FISHERY BODIES AND ARRANGEMENTS
OPENING OF THE SESSION
SELECTION OF OFFICERS
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
OVERVIEW OF IUU FISHING ISSUES AND FLAG STATE RESPONSIBILITY
FISHING VESSELS OPERATING UNDER OPEN REGISTRIES AND THE EXERCISE OF FLAG STATE RESPONSIBILITIES
PRESENTATION OF CASE STUDIES
INTERNATIONAL MONITORING, CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE NETWORK
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OPTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Assistance to Developing States
ADOPTION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS
APPENDIX A: AGENDA
APPENDIX B: LIST OF EXPERTS
APPENDIX C: LIST OF DOCUMENTS
APPENDIX D: GLOBAL OVERVIEW OF IUU FISHING AND ITS IMPACTS ON NATIONAL AND REGIONAL EFFORTS TO MANAGE FISHERIES SUSTAINABLY: THE RATIONALE FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE 2001 FAO INTERNATIONAL PLAN OF ACTION
APPENDIX E: FLAG STATE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE CONTRIBUTION OF RECENT INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS IN PREVENTING, DETERRING AND ELIMINATING IUU FISHING
APPENDIX F: FISHING VESSELS OPERATING UNDER OPEN REGISTRIES AND THE EXERCISE OF FLAG STATE RESPONSIBILITIES: INFORMATION AND OPTIONS
APPENDIX G: GUIDELINES FOR THE CASE STUDIES
APPENDIX H: THE COOK ISLANDS - A CASE STUDY
APPENDIX I: CYPRUS - A CASE STUDY
APPENDIX J: PANAMA - A CASE STUDY
APPENDIX K: INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR THE COOPERATION AND COORDINATION OF FISHERIES-RELATED MONITORING, CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE ACTIVITIES
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