FAO programme for deep-sea high seas fisheries
Through the adoption of the the FAO International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-sea Fisheries in the High Seas, FAO was requested to carry out a number of supporting activities. Building on these requests, FAO has initiated a programme with the aim of assisting states, institutions, the fishing industry and RFMO/As in the implementation of the FAO International Guidelines.
The objective is to improve the current management systems through more and better information, as well as to better engagement and communication among stakeholders, and capacity-building.
The programme, endorsed by COFI in 2009, seeks to establish a knowledge baseline in relation to these fisheries and related ecosystems and contains four major components:
Implementation has been initiated in collaboration with States, regional fisheries management organizations and organizations (RFMO/As), fishing industry groups and relevant non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations. Each component will be addressed from a global perspective, but with particular attention to areas where no RFMO exists. A collaborative funding approach is being taken for this four-year programme which requires extra-budgetary financial support.
An initial activity is exploration of the challenges encountered in implementing the FAO International Guidelines and practical solutions.