MissionObjectivesThe objective of the Convention is to ensure, through effective management, the long-term conservation and sustainable use of highly migratory fish stocks in the western and central Pacific Ocean in accordance with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement. For this purpose, the Convention establishes a Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC). FunctionsIn order to conserve and manage highly migratory fish stocks in the Convention Area in their entirety, the members of the Commission shall:
WCPFC area of competence - High seas, National watersSpecies and stocks coverageAll stocks of highly migratory fish within the Convention Area except sauries. Legal frameworkThe WCPFC was established by the Convention for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPF Convention), which entered into force on 19 June 2004. The Convention was concluded after six years of negotiation that commenced in 1994. The period between the conclusion of the Convention and its entry into force was taken up by a series of preparatory conferences that laid the foundations for the Commission to commence its work. LanguagesEnglish. Organizations involved
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Member: Australia, Canada, China, Cook Islands, European Union, Republic of Fiji, France, Japan, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Fed.States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Taiwan Province of China, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu.Belize, Indonesia, El Salvador, Mexico and Senegal are cooperating non-members.
Participating territories: American Samoa, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna Islands.
The up-to-date list can be consulted on the WCPFC Web site. StructurePrincipal bodyThe Commission is the decision-making organ of the Convention. The Commission has international legal personality and such legal capacity as may be necessary to perform its functions and achieve its objectives. The Commission holds an annual meeting. Scientific CommitteeThe Scientific Committee's function is to ensure that the Commission obtains for its consideration the best scientific information available. Technical and Compliance CommitteeThe Technical and Compliance Committee's function is to provide,inter alia, the Commission with information, technical advice and recommendations relating to the implementation of, and compliance with, conservation and management measures. Commission’s Northern CommitteeThe Northern Committee makes recommendations on the implementation of conservation and management measures that may be adopted by the Commission for the area north of 20°N. Task groupsAn ad hoc Task group on data (AHTG-Data) was established in 2006. The role of the AHTG-Data relates to the generic description of both scientific and compliance information types and, as such, the AHTG-Data provided a valuable opportunity for representatives from both the Commission’s science and compliance communities to exchange views on areas of common interest. The AHTG-Data is also working on rules and procedures for the protection, access to, and dissemination of high-seas non-public domain data and information compiled by the Commission. SecretariatThe permanent Secretariat consists of an Executive Director and such other staff as the Commission may require. The executive director is the chief administrative officer of the Commission. Activities and meetingsInformation about the activities, programmes and meetings of the WCPFC and its various subsidiary bodies is available on the WCPFC Web site: Publications The WCPFC produces a number of annual reports and publications. The publications mainly comprise: annual and meetings reports of WCPFC bodies, management and conservation measures in force, statistical bulletins, public domain data produced by the WCPFC, conference papers, newsletters, etc.
These publications are available on the WCPFC Web site.