Mission The objective of the Convention is to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the Convention Area through the effective implementation of this Convention. Objectives In giving effect to the objective of the Convention, the contracting parties, where appropriate through the Organisation, will:
Approaches The functions of the Commission shall be to:
- adopt measures, based on the best scientific evidence available, to ensure the long term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources to which the Convention applies
- the precautionary approach in accordance with Article 7
- apply the provisions of the Convention relating to fishery resources, taking due account of the impact of fishing operations on ecologically related species such as seabirds, cetaceans, seals and marine turtles
- adopt, where necessary, conservation and management measures for species belonging to the same ecosystem as, or associated with or dependent upon, the harvested fishery resources
- ensure that fishery practices and management measures take due account of the need to minimise harmful impacts on living marine resources as a whole
- protect biodiversity in the marine environment
Area of competence
- identify conservation and management needs
- formulate and adopt conservation and management measures
- determine total allowable catches and/or levels of fishing effort, taking into account total fishing mortality, including of non-target species
- determine the nature and extent of participation in fishing
- keep under review the status of stocks and gather, analyse and disseminate relevant information on stocks
- encourage, promote and, where appropriate by agreement, coordinate scientific research on fishery resources within the Convention Area and in adjacent waters under national jurisdiction
- manage stocks on the basis of the precautionary approach to be developed in accordance with Article 7
- Establish appropriate cooperative mechanisms for effective monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement
- measures concerning control and enforcement within the Convention Area
- develop measures for the conduct of fishing for scientific research purposes
- compile and disseminate accurate and complete statistical data to ensure that the best scientific advice is available, while maintaining confidentiality, where appropriate
- develop rules for the collection, submission, verification of, access to and use of data
SEAFO area of competence - High seas LanguagesEnglish, Portuguese. Organizations involved
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Member: Angola, European Union, Namibia, Norway. Legal framework The Convention on the Conservation and management of Fishery Resources in the South East Atlantic Ocean was signed on 20 April 2001 and entered into force on 13 April 2003.
Certain provisions of the Convention require contracting parties to ensure compatibility and consistency with international conservation and management measures adopted for the highly migratory fish stocks and straddling fish stocks.
http://www.oceanlaw.net/texts/seafo.htm StructurePrincipal Body The Commission is the main authority of the Organisation. Each Contracting Party appoints on representative to the Commission who may be accompanied by alternate representatives and advisers. Subsidiary Body Scientific Committee provides the Commission with scientific advice and recommendations for the formulation of conservation and management measures for fishery resources covered by this Convention, and encourages and promotes cooperation in scientific research in order to improve knowledge of the living marine resources of the Convention Area. Secretariat The Executive Secretary and the Secretariat perform the functions delegated to them by the Commission.