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Eleventh Session of the Regional Fisheries Commission, 25-27 October 2021 (virtual). List of Documents

MissionObjectiveThe purpose of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) is to promote the development, conservation, rational management and best utilization of living marine resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture within its area of Agreement.FunctionsThe Commission has the following functions and responsibilities:
  • to keep under review the state of the resources, including their abundance and the level of their exploitation, as well as the state of the fisheries based thereon;
  • to formulate and recommend appropriate measures for the conservation and rational management of living marine, applying the precautionary approach and based on the best scientific evidence available, including measures:
    • regulating fishing methods and fishing gear,
    • prescribing the minimum size for individuals of specified species,
    • establishing open and closed fishing seasons and areas,
    • regulating the amount of total catch and of fishing effort and their allocation among Members.
  • to keep under review the economic and social aspects of the fishing industry and recommend any measures aimed at its development;
  • to encourage, recommend, coordinate and, as appropriate, undertake training and extension activities in all aspects of fisheries;
  • to encourage, recommend, coordinate and, as appropriate, undertake research and development activities, including cooperative projects in the areas of fisheries and the protection of living marine resources;
  • to assemble, publish or disseminate information regarding exploitable living marine resources and fisheries based on these resources;
  • to promote programmes for aquaculture and fisheries enhancement;
  • to carry out such other activities as may be necessary for RECOFI to achieve its purposes as defined above.
Area of competenceThe Commission carries out its functions and responsibilities in the region, bounded in the south by the following rhomb lines: from Ras Dhabat Ali in (16° 39’N, 53° 3’30"E) then to a position in (16° 00’N, 53° 25’E) then to a position in (17° 00’N, 56° 30’E) then to a position in (20° 30’N, 60° 00’E) then to Ras Al-Fasteh in (25° 04’N, 61° 25’E).
RECOFI area of competence - National waters
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries. Dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.

Current membership: Bahrain, Iraq, Iran (Islamic Rep. of), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

Species and stocks coverageThe Commission covers all living marine resources in its area of competence. Legal framework

The Agreement for the Establishment of the Commission was concluded under Article XIV of the FAO Constitution. It was approved by the FAO Council in November 1999 and came into force on 26 February 2001. The Rules of procedure were adopted at the Commission's First Session, October 2001.


The Commission is the governing body of RECOFI. It is composed of one delegate from all Members. The Commission has established two subsidiary bodies: the Working Group on Fisheries Management (WGFM) and the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA). The Commission is empowered to adopt and enforce conservation and management recommendations, which requires a two-thirds majority of members present and voting. Any Member of the Commission may object to a decision. Members objecting to a decision are not bound by it. The Commission normally meets every two years at the time and date the Commission determines.





Recommendation RECOFI/6/2011/1  on Minimum Data Reporting in the RECOFI Area



Recommendation RECOFI/8/2015/1 Minimum Reporting on Aquaculture Data and Information


The Secretariat is currently provided by FAO. It is based at the seat of the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa in Cairo.

RECOFI is a member of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network that meets biennially.

LanguagesThe working languages of the Commission are English and Arabic (no official languages are set forth in the Agreement). Publications (Note: lists include bilingual documents) Meetings


Ahmed AlMazrouai

Secretary of RECOFI

FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE)

Telephone: (+202) 33316000 Ext: 2801

Fax: (+202) 33378563

Email: [email protected]

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