FAO Fisheries Department

Better management for fishing's 'last frontier'



Countries agree on guidelines for protecting deep-sea species and habitats.

After two years of preparation and negotiation, FAO Members have adopted international guidelines aimed at limiting the impact of fishing on fragile deep sea fish species and habitats.

The guidelines provide a framework that fishing nations should use when operating in high-seas areas outside of national jurisdictions, where many deep sea fisheries (DSF) are located.