Report of the Fourth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (RSN-4), Rome,  13 July 2012.

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 1013

Report of the Fourth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body
Secretariats Network (RSN-4)
Rome, 13 July 2012






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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2013


ABSTRACT

FAO. 2013.
Report of the Fourth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (RSN-4), Rome, 13 July 2012. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 1013. Rome, FAO. 28 pp.

The Fourth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (RSN-4) was held in Rome, Italy, on 13 July 2012. Prior to the meeting, all regional fishery bodies (RFBs) were asked to contribute a report on the five most pressing issues facing their organization. This material was compiled into a summary report and used to launch discussion at the RSN-4 meeting. The summary report, and subsequent RSN-4 discussion, covered a wide range of topical subjects including RFB financial structures, climate change, recreational fisheries, decision-making procedures within each RFB, the establishment of vulnerable marine ecosystems, and child labour plus other human rights issues in fisheries. In addition, presentations were given by several RFB Executive Secretaries on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, current issues in aquaculture management, and the establishment and management of marine protected areas (MPAs). A further presentation was given by the RSN Secretary on the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. A final presentation was given by the representative of the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, who spoke on the chronological development of MPAs within the United Nations General Assembly, FAO and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Thirty-one RFB Secretariats representing a diverse range of RFBs from all geographic regions were represented at the RSN-4. They included FAO and non-FAO bodies, marine capture and inland capture bodies, aquaculture bodies, and all the tuna regional fisheries management organizations. The meeting fostered collaboration and cooperation between the participating RFBs, and gave consideration to a number of matters that merit the attention of all RFBs, governments and FAO.


Table of Contents

Preparation of this document
Abstract
Abbreviations and acronyms


OPENING OF THE MEETING


ADOPTION OF AGENDA AND MEETING ARRANGEMENTS

 

Introduction

 

Adoption of the agenda

 

Meeting arrangements

 

Observers


REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON


RSN DEVELOPMENTS AND ISSUES

 

Financing and participatory matters

 

Contributions in arrears

 

Climate change

 

Recreational fisheries

 

Child labour

 

Coordination and cooperation

 

Decision-making

 

Vulnerable marine ecosystems

 

Conclusion


KEY ISSUES AND RSN ENGAGEMENT

 

Port state measures

 

Status and trends of IUU fishing

 

Aquaculture

 

Marine protected areas and vulnerable marine ecosystems


ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON AND VICE CHAIRPERSONS


FIFTH RSN MEETING (RSN-5)


ANY OTHER MATTERS


ADOPTION OF REPORT


CLOSURE OF THE MEETING


Appendix 1:


Agenda

Appendix 2:

List of participants

Appendix 3:

Summary page: current issues and trends of importance to regional fisheries bodies


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