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3rd Scientific Committee
02/10/2015 > The Third Scientific Meeting of the SPRFMO was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 28 September to 3 October 2015, and was preceded by a data workshop from 24 September.
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Bienvenido, Ecuador
11/05/2015 > The Republic of Ecuador joined the SPRFMO on 11 May 2015 Read more >>
4th Commission Meeting
10/05/2015 > The Fourth Commission Meeting of the SPRFMO will be held in Valdivia, Chile, from 25 to 29 January 2016, and will be preceded by the Compliance and Technical Committee meeting from 21 to 23 January. Read more >>
Law of the Sea Tribunal Advisory Opinion
02/04/2015 > The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has delivered its Advisory Opinion on a request submitted by the Sub-Regional Commission. Read more >>
20th Anniversary of UNFSA
31/03/2015 > Bill Manfield's presentation on SPRFMO and RFMO decision-making Read more >>

The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation is an inter-governmental organisation that is committed to the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources of the South Pacific Ocean and in so doing safeguarding the marine ecosystems in which the resources occur. The SPRFMO Convention applies to the high seas of the South Pacific, the largest area of responsibility for a Regional Fisheries Management Organisation so far. Currently, the main commercial resources managed by the SPRFMO are Jack mackerel and jumbo flying squid in the Southwest Pacific and, to a much lesser degree, deep-sea species associated with seamounts in the Southeast Pacific.

The Organisation consists of a Commission and a number of subsidiary bodies. New Zealand is the Depositary for the SPRFMO Convention and hosts the SPRFMO Secretariat in Wellington. 

The Commission has currently 14 Members from Asia, Europe, Latin America and Oceania:

- Australia                                                - Belize
- Republic of Chile                                   - People's Republic of China
- Cook Islands                                         - Republic of Cuba
- Republic of Ecuador                             - European Union        
- Kingdom of Denmark                            - Republic of Korea    
   in respect of  the Faroe Islands   
- New Zealand                                         - Russian Federation  
- Chinese Taipei                                      
- Republic of Vanuatu 

Cooperating non-Contracting Parties (CNCPs) are:
Colombia, France (Territories), Republic of Liberia, Republic of Panama, Republic of Peru and United States of America.

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