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The biennial RFB meetings are reported below in reverse chronological order (most recent first).

Please use the links below to proceed to the relevant meeting information.

 

Fourth Meeting of Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (RSN-4) (Rome, 13 July 2012)

The fourth meeting of RSN was held on 13 July 2012 immediately following the 31st session of COFI.

Issues addressed:

  • review of the decisions of the 31st Session of COFI relating to RFBs
  • discussion of internal RFB matters such as financing, participation and contributions in arrears
  • discussion across RFBs of coordination and cooperation and decision-making procedures
  • areas of interest to RFBs including climate change, recreational fisheries, child labour and VMEs (vulnerable marine ecosystems)
  • current areas of work across RFBs such as port state measures, IUU fishing, aquaculture, MPAs and VMEs
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Participants in the Fourth Meeting of Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (The picture was provided by Dr. Gail Lugten, Secretary of the RSN and Fisheries Liaison Officer of the FAO)

Third Meeting of Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (RSN-3) (Rome, 7-8 February 2011)

The third meeting of RSN was held from 7 to 8 February 2011 immediately following the 29th session of COFI.

Issues addressed:

  • review of the decisions of the Twenty-ninth Session of COFI relating to RFBs
  • status update on development of FIRMS, CWP, and Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels
  • treatment of RSN Webpage
  • introduction of the D4-Science project and Legally-binding Agreement on port State measures  
  • review of RFB related UN family initiatives and other projects including the Global Environmental Facility and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (GEF ABNJ) Project
  • factors impacting RFBs including IUU fishing, overcapacity, catch documentation harmonization and port State measures, small-scale and inland fisheries, and the ecosystem approach (with climate change included)
  • role of RFBs/RFMOs
  • RFB/RFMO performance enhancement
  • advice and future work

For the meeting's details and documents click here.

For the French version of the Statement, click here.  

Second Meeting of Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (Rome, 9-10 March 2009)

The second meeting of RSN took place immediately following the 28th session of COFI. Issues addressed:
  • review of the decisions of the Twenty-eighth Session of COFI relating to RFBs
  • factors affecting fishery management including IUU Fishing, overcapacity and UNGA Resolution 61/105
  • responsible fisheries and management in aquatic, particularly marine, ecosystems
  • role of RFBs including RFMO/RFB performance enhancement, small-scale and inland fisheries
  • status of FIRMS and CWP development
  • RSN Webpage
  • advice and future work

First Meeting of Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (Rome, 12-13 March 2007)

The First Meeting of Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network took place immediately following COFI 27, representing the fifth meeting of Regional Fishery Bodies since 1999.

Issues addressed:

  • review of the decisions of the Twenty-seventh Session of COFI relating to RFBs
  • role of RFBs including UNFSA 2006 outcomes, small-scale and inland fisheries and RFB performance
  • external factors affecting fisheries management including IUU fishing, overcapacity, catch document harmonization and Ramsar Convention Resolution IX.4
  • approach to incorporate ecosystems considerations into fisheries management by RFBs
  • status of FIRMS
  • advice and future work

Fourth Meeting of Regional Fishery Bodies (Rome, 14-15 March 2005)

At this meeting, acknowledging the broad consultations undertaken by the Chairperson in preparation of the meeting, and mindful that this constituted a virtual group during intersessional periods rather than a single event every two years, it was agreed to change the title of the meeting to "RFB Secretariats Network". Issues addressed:
  • review of the decisions of the Twenty-sixth Session of COFI relevant to RFBs
  • the role of RFBs
  • external factors affecting fisheries management
  • approaches to incorporate ecosystems considerations into fisheries management by RFBs
  • harmonization of catch documentation
  • relations between RFBs and UNEP
  • status of FIRMS and other related matters

Third Meeting of Regional Fishery Bodies (Rome, 3-4 March 2003)

The Third Meetin of RFBs was held immediately after the Twenty-fifth Session of COFI. Issues addressed:
  • review of the decisions of the Twenty-fifth Session of COFI relevant to RFBs
  • summary information on the role of RFBs
  • external factors affecting the management of fisheries
  • status of partnerships between RFBs and FAO to develop the Fisheries Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS)
  • implications for RFBs from the World Summit on Sustainable Development
  • approaches to incorporate ecosystems considerations into fisheries management by RFBs
  • relations between RFBs and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Second Meeting of FAO and non-FAO Regional Fishery Bodies or Arrangements (Rome, 20-21 February 2001)

The second meeting of FAO and non-FAO RFBs was held prior to the Twenty-fourth Session of COFI, but resulted in the decision that future meetings should be scheduled after COFI in order to better connect the impact of COFI decisions on the work of RFBs. It was also agreed to change the title of the Meeting of FAO and Non-FAO Regional Fishery Bodies or Arrangements to "Meeting of Regional Fishery Bodies". Issues addressed:
  • review of some external factors that may impact the work of RFBs and fisheries management
  • indicators to assess the performance of RFBs
  • cooperation in global trends and status reporting in fisheries
  • illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
  • developments in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) criteria for listing commercially-exploited aquatic species
  • opportunities and challenges for coordinated activities on ecosystem-based management of fisheries Report of the Second Meeting of FAO and non-FAO Regional Fishery Bodies or Arrangements

Meeting of FAO and non-FAO Regional Fishery Bodies or Arrangements (Rome, 11-12 February 1999)

FAO organized the first meeting of FAO and non-FAO RFBs in February 1999 prior to the Twenty-third Session of COFI, an action which was commended by the COFI. Since then, biennial meetings of RFBs have been facilitated by FAO at the time of COFI.

Issues addressed:

  • major issues affecting the performance of RFBs
  • a multifaceted approach to fishery status and trends reporting
  • RFBs or arrangements as vehicles for good fisheries governance
 
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