Objectives The Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's (NAFO) overall objective is to contribute through consultation and cooperation to the optimum utilization, rational management and conservation of the fishery resources of its area of competence, and to ensure the long term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources and, in so doing, to safeguard the marine ecosystems in which these resources are found. Area of competenceThe waters of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, north of 35°00' north latitude and west of a line extending due north from 35°00' north latitude and 42°00' west longitude to 59°00' north latitude, thence due west to 44°00' west longitude, and thence due north to the coast of Greenland, and the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Davis Strait and Baffin Bay south of 78°10' north latitude. Within this area, NAFO may only regulate fishing activity beyond Coastal States’ EEZs.
NAFO area of competence - High seas, National watersSpecies and stocks coverageAll marine fisheries resources, except salmon, tunas, marlins, whales and sedentary species (e.g. shellfish and lobsters). Members
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Member: Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland, European Union, France, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United States of America.
Web site: http://www.nafo.int