MissionObjectiveThe purpose of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) is to promote the development, conservation, rational management and best utilization of living marine resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture within its area of Agreement.FunctionsThe Commission has the following functions and responsibilities:
RECOFI area of competence - National watersMembers Species and stocks coverageThe Commission covers all living marine resources in its area of competence. Legal framework
The designations employed and the presentation of material in the map(s) are for illustration only and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.
The Agreement for the Establishment of the Commission was concluded under Article XIV of the FAO Constitution. It was approved by the FAO Council in November 1999 and came into force on 26 February 2001. The Rules of procedure were adopted at the Commission's First Session, October 2001.
The Commission is the governing body of RECOFI. It is composed of one delegate from all Members. The Commission has established two subsidiary bodies, the Working Group on Fisheries Management and the Working Group on Aquaculture. The Commission is empowered to adopt conservation and management measures. Conservation and management measures binding on Members of the Commission must be adopted by a two-thirds majority of Members present and voting. Each Member has one vote. Any Member of the Commission may object to a decision: Members objecting to a decision are not bound by it. The Commission normally meets every two years at the time and date the Commission determines.Secretariat
The Secretariat is currently provided by FAO. It is based at the seat of the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa in Cairo.
RECOFI is a member of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network that meets biennially.LanguagesThe working languages of the Commission are English and Arabic (no official languages are set forth in the Agreement). Publications (Note: lists include bilingual documents) Meetings
Secretary of RECOFI
FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE)
Telephone: (+202) 33316000 Ext: 2801
Fax: (+202) 33378563