Objectives The objective of the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC) 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. Area of competenceAll waters of the Pacific Ocean bounded to the south and to the east by a line drawn from the south coast of Australia due south along the 141° meridian of east longitude to its intersection with the 55° parallel of south latitude; thence due east along the 55° parallel of south latitude to its intersection with the 150° meridian of east longitude; thence due south along the 150° meridian of east longitude to its intersection with the 60° parallel of south latitude; thence due east along the 60° parallel of south latitude to its intersection with the 130° meridian of west longitude; thence due north along the 130° meridian of west longitude to its intersection with the 4° parallel of south latitude; thence due west along the 4° parallel of south latitude to its intersection with the 150° meridian of west longitude; thence due north along the 150° meridian of west longitude.
WCPFC area of competence - High seas, National watersSpecies and stocks coverage
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.
Highly migratory fish stocks, defined as all stocks of the species listed in Annex I of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea:
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacores); blackfin tuna (Thunnus atlanticus); little tuna (Euthynnus alletteratus, Euthynnus affinis); southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii); frigate mackerel (Auxis thazard; Auxis rochei); pomfrets (family Bramidae); marlins (Tetrapturus angustirostris, Tetrapturus belone, Tetrapturus pfluegeri, Tetrapturus albidus, Tetrapturus audax, Tetrapturus georgei, Makaira mazara, Makaira indica, Makaira nigricans); sail-fish (Istiophorus platypterus; Istiophorus albicans); swordfish (Xiphias gladius); Sauries (Scomberesox saurus, Cololabis saira, Cololabis adocetus, Scomberesox saurus scombroides); oceanic sharks (Hexanchus griseus, Cetorhinus maximus, Family Alopiidae, Rhincodon typus, Family Carcharhinidae, Family Sphyrnidae, Family Isurida).
Note that not all of these species are indigenous to the Pacific Ocean, and that Annex I of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea also contains marine mammals (dolphins and cetaceans).Members
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.
Participating Non-Independent Territories: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna.
Participating Non-Member States: Belize, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ecuador, El Salvador, Indonesia, Mexico, Senegal, St Kitts and Nevis, Panama, Thailand, Vietnam.
Web site: http://www.wcpfc.int/