Report of the Expert Consultation on Best Practice Technical Guidelines for IPOA/NPOA–Seabirds. Bergen, Norway, 2–5 September 2008.

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 880

Report of the Expert Consultation on Best Practice Technical Guidelines for IPOA/NPOA-Seabirds
Bergen, Norway, 2–5 September 2008






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ABSTRACT

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Report of the Expert Consultation on Best Practice Technical Guidelines for IPOA/NPOA–Seabirds. Bergen, Norway, 2–5 September 2008.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 880. Rome, FAO. 2008. 37p.

This is the report of the Expert Consultation on Best Practice Technical Guidelines IPOA/NPOA–Seabirds [International Plan of Action/National Plan of Action for Reducing Incidental Catch of Seabirds in Longline Fisheries], held in Bergen, Norway, from 2 to 5 September 2008. The guidelines are designed to: (i) assist countries in preparing and implementing more effective NPOA¿Seabirds; (ii) provide regional
fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) with guidance on implementing IPOA–Seabirds within a regional framework; and (iii) address incidental mortality of seabirds from relevant fishing gear. The guidelines emphasize the importance of a cyclical framework of data collection, research and monitoring to quantify and reduce the incidental mortality of seabirds in an adaptive manner.

The guidelines cover the following topics: (i) Relevant fishing gears; (ii) Uptake of seabird measures by RFMO/Arrangements; (iii) Defining an incidental catch problem; (iv) Mitigation measures and related standards; (v) Mitigation research; (vi) Education, training and outreach; (vii) Observer programme; (viii) Seabird incidental catch reduction objectives; (ix) Monitoring and reporting framework for NPOA–Seabirds and regional plans; and (x) Periodic performance review.



Table of Contents

OPENING OF THE MEETING AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SESSION

ELECTION OF THE CHAIRPERSON

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

REVIEW OF DOCUMENTS

RECOMMENDATIONS

ANY OTHER MATTERS

ADOPTION OF THE REPORT


APPENDIXES

A.

Agenda and timetable

B.

List of participants

C.

List of documents

D.

Opening statement

G.

Draft Best Practice Technical Guidelines IPOA/NPOA–Seabirds




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