Report of the Third Meeting of  Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network. Rome, 7–8 February 2011

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 980

Report of the Third Meeting of Regional Fishery
Body Secretariats Network
Rome, 7–8 February 2011






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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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ABSTRACT

FAO.
Report of the Third Meeting of Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network. Rome, 7–8 February 2011.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 980. Rome, FAO. 2011. 61pp.

The Third Meeting of Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (RSN-3) was held in Rome, Italy, from 7 to 8 February 2011. It addressed many pressing issues relating to global and regional fisheries governance, including illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, overcapacity, the ecosystem approach to fisheries management, small-scale and inland fisheries and the outcomes of the twenty-ninth Session of FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) held in Rome during the previous week. Twenty-eight Regional Fishery Body (RFB) Secretariats were represented at the meeting with varying responsibilities over inland, coastal and marine fisheries and aquaculture, as well as four intergovernmental organizations.

The meeting reached a number of conclusions regarding matters that merit the attention of RFBs, governments and FAO. The RSN also issued a Statement responding to unsubstantiated information that had been published about RFBs and elaborating the challenges and achievements of RFBs.


Table of Contents

OPENING OF THE MEETING

ADOPTION OF AGENDA AND MEETING ARRANGEMENTS

 

Adoption of Agenda

 

Meeting arrangements

 

Observers

RSN INTERNAL MATTERS

 

Round-table presentation, by member and by region, identifying main activities and challenges since RSN-2

 

Sharing of information electronically intersessionally

 

The future of the RSN

FAO, IGOS AND UN FAMILY INITIATIVES

 

Review of COFI-29 decisions relating to RFBs/RFMOs

 

Other FAO related activities

   

Fisheries Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS)

   

Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP)

   

Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels (Global Record)

   

RSN Web site

   

D4-Science project and other information sharing platforms

   

Legally-binding Agreement on port State measures

   

Climate change

   

Any other matters

 

UN family initiatives, CITES, OECD

   

The 2010 Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement

   

Listing of fisheries managed or dealt with by RFBs/RFMOs and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

   

OECD report on RFMOs

 

Other projects

   

Technical Experts Overseeing Third Countries Expertise (TXOTX)

   

Global Environmental Facility and Area Beyond National Jurisdiction (GEF ABNJ) Project

   

UNIDO Guinea Current Commission

   

Other discussions in the UN

   

Johannesburg fisheries-related commitments

THEMATIC APPROACH TO IMPORTANT ISSUES

 

IUU Fishing

 

Overcapacity

 

Catch documentation harmonization and port State measures

 

Role of RFBs/RFMOs -thematic session

 

Small-scale and inland fisheries

 

RFB/RFMO performance enhancement

 

Ecosystem approach

ADVICE AND FUTURE WORK

ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON AND VICE-CHAIRPERSONS

FOURTH RSN MEETING (RSN-4) DATE AND VENUE

ANY OTHER MATTERS

ADOPTION OF REPORT

CLOSURE OF MEETING


APPENDIXES

A.

Agenda

B.

List of participants

C.

List of Documents

D.

Opening statement by Mr Árni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, for the third meeting of the regional fishery body secretariats network

E.

Written Statement of Mr Serguei Tarassenko, Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea Office of Legal Affairs United Nations

F.

Statement of the third meeting of the regional fishery body secretariats network


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