Sydney, Australia 1-5 February 1999

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FAO 1999


Directors of Fisheries
Fisheries Research Institutes


Nolan, C.P. (ed.)
Proceedings of the International Conference on Integrated Fisheries Monitoring.
Sydney, Australia, 1-5 February 1999.
Rome, FAO. 1999. 378p.


The Conference was co-hosted by the Governments of Australia and Canada in co-operation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and with the support of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA, and the New South Wales Department of Fisheries, Australia. More than 160 delegates from 26 countries participated and 26 papers were presented. The Conference was held in response to a recommendation made at the 1996 FAO/Japan Technical Consultation on Wastage in Fisheries (Tokyo) which identified as a key concern the lack of reliable, basic level data from the majority of global fisheries, particularly when attempting to estimate global discards and the incidental mortality of non-target species. The purpose of the Conference was to address the challenges and opportunities of fisheries monitoring that are common to many fisheries. The Conference speakers, panel discussions, and workshops were organized around the following five main themes: 1) Rational for monitoring programmes - conceptual and legal frameworks, 2) Perspectives on monitoring from key stakeholders, 3) Designing, executing and analysing monitoring programmes, 4) Key components and issues for monitoring programmes; and 5) Integrated monitoring. The recommendation that came out of the Conference was presented to the 1999 Meeting of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI). It stated that the FAO Fisheries Department should undertake the preparation of guidelines for the integrated monitoring of fisheries within the context of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries with the aim to improve the management of fisheries and the sustainable use of living resources, through the formulation of an appropriate framework for the collection of relevant data and information from fisheries and their associated ecosystems.

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