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MissionThe Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP) provides a mechanism to coordinate fishery statistical programmes of regional fishery bodies and other inter-governmental organizations with a remit for fishery statistics.Main functionFunctional since 1960, the CWP's purpose is to:
  • continually review fishery statistics requirements for research, policy-making and management;
  • agree on standard concepts, definitions, classifications and methodologies for the collection and collation of fishery statistics;
  • make proposals for the coordination and streamlining of statistical activities among relevant intergovernmental organizations.
Legal FrameworkEstablished by resolution 23/59 of the FAO Conference under under Article VI-2 of the Organization's Constitution at its Tenth Session in 1959. The Statutes of CWP were amended and approved by the FAO Council at its Hundred and Eighth Session in June 1995. Participating OrganizationsThe CWP is composed of experts nominated by intergovernmental organizations which have a competence in fishery statistics.
There are currently 19 participating organizations in the CWP:
StructureSecretariatThe FAO serves as the CWP Secretariat.
The CWP meets in full session approximately every two years and carries out intersessional and ad hoc meetings as required.
Geographical CoverageAlthough first mandated to cover North Atlantic fisheries, since 1995 the CWP has extended its remit to all marine water bodies. LanguagesEnglish. Bibliography
FAO . “The Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics: Its Origin, Role and Structure” . FAO Fisheries Circular No.903. Rome, December 1995 .
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