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A. Regional Fishery Bodies in the Asia Pacific region


A1. Management Bodies

Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)

Establishment

1950
International Convention

Headquarters

La Jolla, California, USA

Address

8604 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla CA 92037-1508
USA

Tel /Fax

+1 858 546 7100 / +1 858 546 7133

E-mail

info@iattc.org

Website

http://www.iattc.org

Area of competence

Eastern Pacific Ocean

Membership

Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, USA, Vanuatu and Venezuela

Objectives

"To gather and interpret information on tuna; to conduct scientific investigation; to recommend proposals for joint action for conservation"

Information resources on the web

· Meeting documents and reports

· Tuna catch reports and statistics

· Vessel database

· Research programmes and publications

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)

Establishment

1993
International Agreement under aegis of FAO
(Article XIV of FAO Constitution)

Headquarters

Victoria, Seychelles

Address

P.O. Box 1011, Victoria
Mahé, Seychelles

Tel/Fax

+248 225494 /+248 224364

E-mail

iotsecr@iotc.org

Website

http://www.iotc.org

Area of competence

Indian Ocean and adjacent seas, north of the Antarctic Convergence

Membership

Australia, China PR, Comoros, Eritrea, EC, France, India, Iran IR, Japan, Korea RO, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand and the UK

Objectives

"To promote cooperation among its Members with a view to ensuring, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilisation of stocks covered by this Agreement and encouraging sustainable development of fisheries based on such stocks"

Information resources on the web

· Meeting documents and scientific committee/ working party reports

· On-line consultation of authorised vessel record

· Databases and data related publications

International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC)

Establishment

1953
International Convention

Headquarters

Seattle, Washington, USA

Address

Room 250, Oceanography Teaching Building
University of Washington Campus
Bottom of 15th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98195-7951, USA

For mail use: P.O. Box 95009
Seattle, WA 98145-2009, USA

Tel/Fax

+1 206 634 1838 / +1 206 632 2983

E-mail

info@iphc.washington.edu

Website

http://www.iphc.washington.edu/halcom/default.htm

Area of competence

North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea

Membership

Canada and USA

Objectives

"To coordinate scientific studies relating to the biology, population dynamics and fishery of Pacific halibut; to formulate regulations designed to develop the stocks of Pacific halibut to those levels which will permit optimum yield"

Information resources on the web

· Halibut landing data

· Description of the halibut fishery

· License application for halibut fishery

· Scientific reports and technical reports

North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC)

Establishment

1993
International Convention

Headquarters

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Address

Suite 502, 889 West Pender Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V6C 3B2
Canada

Tel /Fax

+1 604 775 5550 / +1 604 775 5577

E-mail

secretariat@npafc.org

Website

http://www.npafc.org

Area of competence

North Pacific Ocean and its adjacent seas north of 33 degrees North latitude

Membership

Canada, Japan, Korea RO, Russian Federation and USA

Objectives

"To recommend to the Parties measures for the conservation of anadromous stocks and ecologically related species in the Convention area; to promote the exchange of information on any activities contrary to the provisions of the Convention; to review and evaluate enforcement actions taken by the Parties; and to promote the exchange of catch and effort information and provide a forum for cooperation among the Parties with respect to anadromous stocks and ecologically related species"

Information resources on the web

· Statistical data

· Species information

· Scientific Bulletin and technical papers

Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC)

Establishment

1985
International Convention

Headquarters

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Address

600-1155, Robson Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V6E 1B5
Canada

Tel/Fax

+1 604 684 8081 / +1 604 666 8707

E-mail

kowal@psc.org

Website

http://www.psc.org

Area of competence

Northwest Pacific

Membership

Canada and USA

Objectives

"To prevent overfishing and provide for optimum production and to provide for each country to receive benefits equivalent to the production of salmon originating in its waters"

Information resources on the web

· Annual reports and meeting reports

· Test fishing reports

· Species status reports

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)

Establishment

The Convention on the Conservation and management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean came into force in June 2004

Headquarters

The Secretariat for the Commission is expected to be based at Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

Address


Tel /Fax


E-mail

interimsec@isa.org.jm

Website

http://www.ocean-affairs.com

Area of competence

Western and Central Pacific

Membership

Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu

Objectives

"To ensure, through effective management, the long term conservation and sustainable use of highly migratory fish stocks in the western and central Pacific Ocean in accordance with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1995 UN Fish stocks Agreement"

Information resources on the web


A2. Advisory Bodies

Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC)

Establishment

1948 (as Indo-Pacific Fisheries Council and changed to Indo-Pacific Fishery Commission in 1976. In 1994, the Agreement was amended again and title changed to Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission)
International Agreement under aegis of FAO (Article XIV of FAO Constitution)

Headquarters

Bangkok, Thailand

Address

FAO Regional Office Asia and the Pacific
39 Phra Atit Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Tel/Fax

+66 2 697 4176, 4119 / +66 2 697 4445

E-mail

FAO-RAP@fao.org

Website

http://www.apfic.org

Area of competence

Indo-Pacific area (including inland waters)

Membership

Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China PRC, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea RO, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UK, USA and Viet Nam

Objectives

"To promote the full and proper utilization of living aquatic resources by the development and management of fishing and culture operations and by the development of related processing and marketing activities in conformity with the objectives of its members"

Information resources on the web

· Meeting reports and technical papers

· Descriptions of fisheries/aquaculture

· Databases on RFBs, co-management sites and contacts to national fisheries agencies in the region

Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-governmental Organization (BOBP-IGO)

Establishment

2003 - as an intergovernmental programme

Headquarters

Chennai, India

Address

91, Saint Mary's Road, Abhiramapuram Chennai 600018, Tamil Nadu, India

For mail use: BOBP, Post Box No. 1054, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Tel/Fax

+91 44 24936188 / +91 44 24936294

E-mail

bobpysy@md2.vsnl.net.in

Website

http://www.bobpigo.org

Area of competence

Bay of Bengal

Membership

Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives

Objectives

"Provide enduring regional cooperation among the Member countries of the Bay of Bengal region for fisheries development that aims at the socio-economic improvement of its fisheries and fish farmers"

Information resources on the web

· Concise version of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries in several vernaculars

· Publications and software

South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Establishment

1979 International Convention

Headquarters

Honiara, Solomon Islands

Address

No. 1 PFA Road, West Koalá Ridge
Honiara, Solomon Islands
For mail use: P.O. Box 629, Honiara
Solomon Islands

Tele /Fax

+677 21124 / +677 23995

E-mail

info@ffa.int

Website

http://www.ffa.int/www/index.cfm

Area of competence

South Pacific (Central and West)

Membership

Australia, Cook Islands, Fed. States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Narau, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu

Objectives

"To harmonize fishery management policies; to facilitate cooperation in surveillance and enforcement, processing, marketing and relations with third countries; to arrange for reciprocal access by member countries to their 200-mile zones"

Information resources on the web

· Tuna market news

· VMS guidelines

Mekong River Commission (MRC)

Establishment

1995

Headquarters

Vientiane, Lao PDR

Address

184 Fa Ngum Road
Unit 18, Ban Sithane Neua
Sikhottabong District
Vientiane 01000
Lao PDR

Tel /Fax

+856 21 262 262 / +856 21 263 264

E-mail

mrcs@mrcmekong.org

Website

Area of competence

Mekong River Basin

Membership

Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam

Objectives

"To promote and coordinate sustainable management and development of water and related resources for the countries' mutual benefit and the people's well-being by implementing strategic programmes and activities and providing scientific information and policy advice"

Information resources on the web

· Meeting documents

· Policy and research papers

· Interactive information and knowledge system on participatory natural resource management

Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI)

Establishment

1999 Under aegis of FAO Council

Headquarters

Cairo, Egypt

Address


Tel /Fax

+20 2 331660 / +20 2 3373419

E-mail

FAO-RNE@fao.org

Website

http://www.fao.org/fi/body/rfb/RECOFI/recofi_contacts.htm

Area of competence

Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman

Membership

Bahrain, Iran IR, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Objectives

"To promote the development, conservation, rational management and best utilization of living marine resources as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Area of the Commission"

Information resources on the web


Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC)

Establishment

1967
Agreement establishing the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center

Headquarters

Bangkok, Thailand

Address

P.O. Box 1046, Kasetsart Post Office
Bangkok 10903
Thailand

Tel /Fax

+662 940 6326 to 6329 / +662 940 6336

E-mail

secretariat@seafdec.org

Website

http://www.seafdec.org

Area of competence

Southeast Asian Region

Membership

Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam

Objectives

"To promote sustainable development of fisheries in the Southeast Asian region through research, training and information dissemination"

Information resources on the web

· Meeting reports and documents

· Digitized Atlas

Western Indian Ocean Tuna Organization (WIOTO)

Establishment

1991
International Convention

Headquarters

Mahé, Seychelles

Address

c/o Seychelles Fishing Authority
P.O. Box 449, Victoria, Mahé
Seychelles

Tel / Fax

+248 224597 / +248 224508

E-mail

sfasez@seychelles.net

Website

http://www.fao.org/fi/body/rfb/WIOTO/wioto_home.htm

Area of competence

Western Indian Ocean

Membership

Seychelles, Mauritius, Comoros and India

Objectives

"To harmonize policies with respect to fisheries; to determine relations with distant water fishing nations; to establish mechanism for fisheries surveillance and enforcement; to cooperate for fisheries development; to coordinate access to EEZs of the members"

Information resources on the web


A3. Scientific Bodies

Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP)

Establishment

1959
Resolution of FAO Conference (Under Article VI-2 of FAO Constitution)

Headquarters

FAO, Rome, Italy

Address

c/o FAO Fisheries Department
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome 00100, Italy

Tel / Fax

+39 06 5705 4828 /+39 06 5705 2476

E-mail

Richard.Grainger@fao.org

Website

http://www.cwpnet.org

Area of competence

All oceans

Membership

Consists of International Organizations: CCAMLR, CCSBT, FAO, ICCAT, ICES, IOTC, NASCO, NAFO, OECD, EU/EUISTAT, SPC and IWC

Objectives

"To keep under continuous review requirements for fishery statistics for purposes of research, policy making, management, aqua standard concepts, definitions, classifications/methodologies for collection/collation of fishery statistics"

Information resources on the web

· CWP Handbook of Fishery Statistical Standards

http://www.fao.org/figis/servlet/static?dom=root&xml= tseries/index.xml

Intergovernmental Organization for Marketing Information and Technical Advisory Services for Fishery Products in the Asia-Pacific Region (INFOFISH)

Establishment

1987
As an intergovernmental organization

Headquarters

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Address

1st Floor, Wisma PKNS
Jalan Raja Laut, P.O. Box 10899
50728 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Tel /Fax

+603 26914466 / +603 26916804

E-mail

infish@po.jaring.my / infish@tm.net.my

Website

http://www.infofish.org

Area of competence

Asia-Pacific

Membership

Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Korea DPR, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Thailand

Objectives

"To provide marketing information and technical advisory services to the fishery industry of the Asia-Pacific region"

Information resources on the web

· Marketing information

· E-classified ads

· On-line registration to Importers/Exporters Database

Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific (NACA)

Establishment

1980 (as FAO-UNDP project); in 1990 as an Intergovernmental Organization

Headquarters

Bangkok, Thailand

Address

P.O. Box 1040, Kasetsart Post Office
Bangkok 10903, Thailand

Tel /Fax

+66 2 5611728-9 / +66 2 5611727

E-mail

naca@enaca.org or pedro.bueno@enaca.org

Website

http://www.enaca.org

Area of competence

Asia-Pacific region

Membership

Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Korea DPR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. Other participating non-member governments include Indonesia, Iran IR, Korea RO, Lao PDR and Singapore

Objectives

"To promote rural development through sustainable aquaculture. Core activities are i) Capacity building through evaluation and training, ii) Collaborative research and development through networking, iii) Development of information and communication networks, iv) Policy guidelines and support to policies and institutional capacities, and v) Aquatic animal health and disease management"

Information resources on the web

· On-line aquaculture forums

· eNews on aquaculture

· Events and training information

Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

Establishment

1948
International Agreement

Headquarters

Noumea, New Caledonia

Address

BP D5, 95, Promenade Roger Laroque
Anse Vata, 98848 Noumea Cedex
New Caledonia

Tel / Fax

+687 262000 / +687 263818

E-mail

spc@spc.int

Website

http://www.spc.int

Area of competence

South Pacific, south of the Equator

Membership

American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, UK, USA, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna

Objectives

"To provide a regional service which provides information, advice and direct assistance to the Pacific Community through SPC member governments, either individually or collectively, in using living marine resources in the most productive and responsible manner possible, in particular through fisheries stock assessment, marine ecosystem research, small-scale tuna fisheries development support, coastal fisheries management support and fisheries information and databases throughout the area of competence"

Information resources on the web

· Publications and meeting reports

· Free software of Economic Farm Models

· Information on tuna ecology and biology

· Online fisheries address book


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