- FAO Technical Meeting on the
Measurement of Fishing Capacity.
Mexico, 29 November to 3 December 1999
FAO has been very much
involved over the last two years in the development of a more appropriate
framework for the management of fishing capacity. A Technical Working Group
on the Management of Fishing Capacity met in April 1998 to review related
issues. Its work contributed to the elaboration and the adoption by the
FAO Committee for Fisheries (COFI) in February 1999 of an International
Plan of Action for the Management of Fishing Capacity. To ensure timely
implementation of the Plan of Action, COFI further recommended that FAO
organise a Technical Meeting on the Measurement of Fishing Capacity (TMM).
This proposal was also discussed at the FAO Ministerial Meeting on Fisheries
held in Rome on 11-12 March 1999 and judged most appropriate in view of
growing concern for overcapacity in fisheries and the need to proceed as
planned with the implementation of the Plan of Action.
The TMM will review various
issues related to measurement with a view of facilitating the monitoring
and assessment of fishing capacity worldwide. It will do so in accordance
with the International Plan of Action for the Management of Fishing Capacity
and in reference to work conducted in 1998 by FAO on the management of fishing
capacity. The TMM will advise on simple and practical methods for the measurement
of capacity and the assessment of any imbalance between actual and desired
levels of fishing capacity. New avenues and priorities for applied research
would also be discussed.
The expected outcome will
be: (i) a technical report which would serve as a basis for the subsequent
preparation of technical guidelines by FAO and (ii) reference material in
the form of a single publication of all technical papers prepared especially
for the meeting.
For further details please
contact Dominique Greboval at FAO on firstname.lastname@example.org
or access www.fao.org/fi/meetings/mmt/fce.htm.
- First Announcement about a
possible workshop on Ecosystem Management of the Baltic Sea fisheries
Questions of ecosystem
approaches to fisheries management are more and more important. To deal
with ecological, economical and social sustainability an adequate co-operation
between different disciplines is necessary. The Baltic Sea could be a very
good example for introduction of something like an ecosystem approach in
fisheries management. Only a few fish species live in the brackish water
environment and therefore we know a lot about the ecosystem and interactions
between species. In addition, all countries interested in fisheries in the
region currently co-operate in the International Baltic Sea Fisheries Commission.
In a workshop over one
day before/after the next EAFE Conference in Denmark 2000 we want to work
out between different disciplines what are possible strategies to introduce
an ecosystem approach in the Baltic Sea fisheries.
the workshop could deal with include:
- Stock and fishing fleet interactions
- Economic and biological meaning
of a precautionary approach or safe minimum standard
- Current knowledge and knowledge
- Is multi-disciplinarity the
- What does it mean from a biological
and economic point of view to start a rebuild programme for cod?
- Is it possible to allow wider
participation of stakeholders in the decision process about TACs or technical
measures in Baltic Sea fisheries?
Please contact Ralf Döring
tel: (+49) 3834 86 4127, or fax: (+49) 3834 86 4107 for further details.
- Bioeconomic modelling workshop
Sean Pascoe at CEMARE
will be organising a workshop on bioeconomic modelling at the end of the
year. Although exact details of structure, participation and logistics were
yet to be finalised at the time of print, further information will shortly
be available by contacting Sean Pascoe on email@example.com
or tel: (+44) 1705 844242.