Meetings attended by Secretariat staff
- Pan-Pacific Fisheries Compliance Network (PPFCN). The PPFCN is an informal group of RFMO Compliance Officers supported by the International Monitoring, Control, Surveillance (IMCS) Network that was formed late in 2020. The Operational Framework providing guidance for the group has been finalized and accepted by members. This group will continue with various virtual meetings throughout 2021 to foster better networking between RFMO colleagues in the Pacific region. The Compliance Manager will be the principal participant for SPRFMO and he will also serve as the first Chairperson of the PPFCN. Meeting dates for 2021 include: March 02, April 13, other dates tbd
- PEW Second Virtual Expert Workshop on Best Practices in Compliance in RFMOs: The role of transparency in improving RFMO compliance (16-19 March 2021) – the SPRFMO Compliance Manager as well as the CTC Chairperson participated in the Pacific Regional Group sessions. The workshop report on discussions and outcomes will be available in a few months.
- North Pacific Fisheries Commission Annual Meeting - Virtual (18-25 February 2021) - SPRFMO participated in the virtual NPFC annual meeting as an Observer with attendance split amongst 3 staff members depending on the subject matter. The Compliance Manager observed during the discussions of the Technical and Compliance Committee, the Coordination and Communications Officer observed during the Commission Meeting and the Finance and Office Manager observed during the Finance and Administration Committee sessions. The official meeting reports are available on the NPFC website - TCC5 Final Report and COM06 Final Report.
- Pan-Pacific Fisheries Compliance Network (PPFCN). The PPFCN is a recently formed informal group of RFMO Compliance Officers supported by the International Monitoring, Control, Surveillance (IMCS) Network. The goal of this informal group is to work together towards establishing closer links and better enable networking with other colleagues primarily in the Pacific region who are facing similar compliance challenges in the fight against IUU fishing. The Compliance Manager participated on behalf of SPRFMO in 4 virtual meetings late in 2020 (26 October, 10 and 24 November, and 15 December) that resulted in the establishment of a formal Operational Framework to guide the PPFCN. The finalized Operational Framework is now available.
- FAO Study Transhipment: A Closer Look. The Compliance Manager and Data Manager participated in a webinar on December 15, 2020 organized for “Asia and Pacific” regions to report out, and seek feedback, on the key findings of the study published in their report that was released on December 14th. The study explores the challenges posed by the transfer of catch between fishing vessels and the risk that this activity may facilitate the introduction of catch sourced from illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing into the seafood supply chain. Further discussions on the challenges and risks posed by transshipment will be held at the 34th Committee on Fisheries meeting scheduled to be held by FAO virtually during the first week of February 2021.
- PEW 2020 Virtual Expert Workshop on Best Practices for Compliance in RFMOs (7-11 September 2020) – the SPRFMO Chairperson led the Pacific part of this workshop (supported by the Coordination and Communications Officer), whilst the Acting Executive Secretary and Compliance Manager attended in their individual capacities in the Regional Group sessions. The workshop report is now web posted.
- 26-27 February 2020, Lima, Peru. SPRFMO was represented by New Zealand's Fisheries Principal Adviser, Dr Martin Cryer at the Dialogue Workshop "Enhancing the Knowledge Base for Cross-Sectoral Management and Ocean Governance in ABNJ of the Southeast Pacific", organised by the CPPS Secretariat and the STRONG High Seas Project. Dr Cryer gave a presentation addressing SPRFMO's ongoing work related to ABNJ and BBNJ. A workshop summary is available.
- 21-29 October 2019, Hobart, Australia. SPRFMO's Data Manager, Craig Loveridge, attended 3 separate CCAMLR meetings. During the first week the Scientific Committee (SC-CAMLR) met concurrently with the Standing Committee on Implementation and Compliance (SCIC) and following those meetings the CCAMLR Commission convened. A Report of External Meeting is available.
- 23-27 September 2019, Bordeaux, France. The Faroe Islands attended the 41st NAFO Commission Meeting, observing the meeting on behalf of SPRFMO. Ms Kate Sanderson, Head of Delegation of the Faroe Islands to SPRFMO, and Vice Chairperson of the SPRFMO Commission, has provided the relevant summary report of the meeting.
- 13-18 May 2019, Rome, Italy. SPRFMO's Data Manager, Craig Loveridge attended the 11th session of FIRMS steering committee (FSC11, 13-14 May), and the 26th session of the Coordinating Working Party on Fisheries Statistics (CWP, 15-18 May). The relevant Report with relevant information and assessment has been prepared and is available for download.
- 02-03 May 2019, New York, United States of America. SPRFMO's Executive Secretary, Dr. Sebastián Rodríguez Alfaro, attended the Fourteenth round of Informal Consultations of States Parties to the Agreement (ICSP-14), focusing on the topic “Performance reviews of regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements”. A summary report has been circulated to SPRFMO Members and CNCPs through letter G129-2019, and is also available here.
- 10-12 April 2019, Rome, Italy. SPRFMO's Executive Secretary, Dr. Sebastián Rodríguez Alfaro, attended the ABNJ Deep Sea Project "Rights Based Management Workshop." A summary report has been circulated to SPRFMO Members and CNCPs through letter G22-2019, and is also available here.
- 13-15 March 2019, Guayaquil, Ecuador. SPRFMO's Executive Secretary, Dr. Sebastián Rodríguez Alfaro, attended the CPPS-ABNJ Workshop on Planning and Governance in ABNJ in the South-East Pacific. Dr. Rodríguez Alfaro's report of the meeting was circulated to SPRFMO Members and CNCPs through letter G21-2019, and is also available here.
- 29 January - 04 February 2019, Brussels, Belgium, and London, United Kingdom. After the 7th Commission Meeting, SPRFMO's Data Manager, Mr. Craig Loveridge, visited the EU Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Units DG MARE B2 (RFMOs) and D4 (Fisheries Control and Inspection) in Brussels, and later visited the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), as well as IHS Markit and International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The report of this training, learning and exchange experience is now available here.
- 7-9 August 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark. SPRFMO's Coordination and Communications Officer, Ms Susana Delgado, visited ICES and Eurofish to learn from their experience in the development and implementation of a Communication Strategy. A summary report is available.
- 24-26 July 2018, Bangkok. The Chairperson of the SPRFMO Commission participated in a UNEP meeting on advancing environmental law. leading a round table discussion on the impacts of fishing activities and how to minimise them. A brief report is available.
- 10-13 July 2018, Christchurch, New Zealand. Technical visit by the Korean Secondment Officer, Mr. Jongkwan Ahn, to Recreational Fishing and Salmon Aquaculture centres in the South Island of New Zealand. A report of Mr. Ahn's mission is available.
- 7-13 July 2018, Rome, Italy. 7th Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (RSN) Meeting. The Executive Secretary, Dr. Sebastian Rodriguez, participated in this biennial meeting, held in the margins of the 2018 FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in Rome. A report of the meeting and relevance to SPRFMO has been produced by Dr. Rodriguez following the agenda of the meeting.
- 13-14 June 2018, Cali, Colombia. Workshop on "Opportunities for Strengthening Ocean Governance in the Southeast Pacific" (report to be provided later). The Executive Secretary, Dr. Johanne Fischer, was invited to attend. The workshop was organised by the CPPS and the STRONG High Seas (‘Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas’) project. Its objective was to bring together stakeholders within the region to discuss the current status and challenges for global and regional ocean governance, foster exchange and build new networks, as well as identify the key interests and challenges in ocean governance faced by the region, particularly:
- Present and characterise the current status and challenges for ocean governance in the Southeast Pacific, especially with regard to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, with a focus on areas beyond national jurisdiction.
- Identify and define key interests and challenges for ocean governance in the Southeast Pacific, especially with regard to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Topics to be covered include: a) environmental pressures; b) biodiversity and marine ecosystems; c) socioeconomic costs and benefits; and d) management and governance.
- Prioritise current and future needs for strengthening ocean governance and identify pathways for successfully linking regional needs and opportunities with a global vision of ocean governance.
- Take initial steps towards fostering exchange between relevant actors and stakeholders in the Southeast Pacific. This workshop will provide an opportunity to identify existing networks and discuss options as well as lay the groundwork for establishing regional platforms for exchange.
- Identify and assess opportunities, challenges, overlaps and gaps in the current legal and institutional framework in the Southeast Pacific. Research undertaken by the STRONG High Seas project will be shared with participants and will provide a basis for discussion.
22 to 23 May 2018, New York, USA. Thirteenth round of informal consultations of States Parties to the United Nations Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (ICSP-13) organised by the Division of Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), United Nations Office of Legal Affairs. The Executive Secretary, Dr. Johanne Fischer, participated via teleconference with a presentation on the topic “SPRFMO: Science-policy interface”.
10-13 April 2018, Seoul, Korea. The 2nd meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organisations and Regional Fisheries Bodies on Accelerating Progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals.The Data Manager (Craig Loveridge) attended this meeting which recognized the role of cross-sectoral collaboration in enhancing ecosystem-based approaches and area management tools, and in preventing pollution. The outcomes of the meeting are summarised here. The meeting also provided opportunities to network with representatives from IATTC, CPPS, SPC, SREP, IMO, ISA, FAO and UN DOALOS as well as the Executive Secretaries from NAFO and NEAFC.
- 12-15 March 2018,Yokohama, Japan. NPFC/FAO workshop "Protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems in the North Pacific Fisheries Commission Area: applying global experiences to regional assessments". SPRFMO was represented by Dr Martin Cryer (New Zealand). The meeting report is currently still being finalized but the NPFC has published an overview of the workshop.
- 15 - 17 November 2017, Santiago, Chile. FAO/CPPS Workshop "Fortalecimiento de la coordinación regional para la lucha contra la pesca INDNR en aguas bajo jurisdicción nacional de los Estados miembros de la CPPS “ (Strengthening the regional coordination to fight IUU fishing in waters under national jurisdiction of CPPS member States) (meeting website). Johanne Fischer attended and gave a presentation on “Los mecanismos de coordinación y herramientas para el combate a la pesca illegal en la Organización Regional de Ordencxión Pesquera del Pacífico Sur (SPRFMO)” (The mechanisms of coordination and tools for the fight against illegal fishing in SPRFMO). The workshop had the objective to advance the creation of a regional coordination mechanism among CPPS member States to fight against transboundary IUU fishing, accurately monitor the fisheries and manage the marine resources.
- 4-6 October 2017, Malta. Our Oceans Conference (report). SPRFMO was represented by Johanne Fischer (Executive Secretary). Since 2014, the Our Ocean conferences have invited ocean leaders to commit to change for the conservation of oceans while also providing an important global platform for exchanging views, coordination and networking. In 2017, the conference focused on marine pollution, marine protected areas, maritime security, sustainable blue economy, sustainable fisheries and climate change. Regional fisheries played a major part in the 2017 conference, and several SPRFMO Members communicated significant commitments and efforts of more than 100 million Euros under the agenda item for sustainable fisheries, i.e.
Australia, Chile, European Union (also Spain and Portugal), Korea, Chinese Taipei and USA. In addition, several IGOS and RFMOs made substantive promises and important announcements related to sustainable fisheries, e.g. FAO, ILO, IOC, GFCM, GEF, and ICES. These and other commitments have been compiled in a pdf document and an interactive map.
- 26-27 August 2017, Woods Hole, USA. FAO Workshop on potential impacts of climate change on deep-sea ecosystems and the implications for the management of deep sea fisheries. SPRFMO was represented by Luoliang Xu (China) and Dr Martin Cryer (New Zealand). The aim of the meeting was to produce a FAO technical report addressing the following questions:
What are the major climate change features affecting the deep ocean and its associated biodiversity?What impacts might these features have on the functioning of deep sea ecosystems?How might climate impacts affect deep sea fish and fisheries?
Which regions and fisheries might be most vulnerable?
Which VME indicator species are most vulnerable (in terms of type, locations, depths etc.)?
What essential ocean variables are important to monitor in order to assess the risks to deep sea species and communities due to climate change?
- 13 - 14 July, 1 August, 15 August, 13 November and 15 November 2017, Wellington New Zealand (see COMM6–INF05). New Zealand Bottom Fishing Stakeholder Workshops. The Secretariat was represented by Craig Loveridge (Data Manager), and occasionally by Johanne Fischer (Executive Secretary) and Osvaldo Urrutia (Commission Chairperson). The main scope of these meetings was to gather and document stakeholder views on the nature and content of a revised conservation and management measure for bottom fisheries in the SPRFMO Area.
- 23-25 May 2017, Hobart, Australia. The 3rd SPRFMO Scientific Committee workshop: Deepwater working group. The SPRFMO Data Manager attended this meeting. The report is available as SC5-Doc08.
- 28 February 2017, Wellington, New Zealand. 6th and final meeting of the New Zealand VME Stakeholder Advisory Group. SPRFMO was represented by Craig Loveridge (Data Manager), This
- group provided a forum for exchanging ideas and information related to New Zealand’s South
Pacific VME project, which also carries relevance to SPRFMO (refer NZ paper COMM5-INF05).
7-9 February 2017 at FAO, Rome, Italy: ABNJ Deep Seas Project Steering Committee (report). SPRFMO was represented by Dr. Jianye Tang (China) (report) and Mr.Timothy Costelloe (Cook Island) (report). The Project on sustainable Management and biodiversity Conservation of Deep Sea Living Resources in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction has the objective to achieve efficiency and sustainability in the use of deep-sea living resources and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ, through the systematic application of an ecosystem approach for: (i) improving sustainable management practices for DSFm taking into account the impacts on related ecosystems; (ii) improving the protection of VMEs and components of EBSAs; and (iii) testing improved area-based planning tools for deep-sea ecosystems.
26-29 September 2016, Seoul, Korea. The Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organisations and Regional Fisheries Bodies on “Accelerating Progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets". The Executive Secretary attended this meeting and submitted a document on "Measures by the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) which consider marine ecosystem and biodiversity conservation".The outcomes of the meeting are summarised here.
1-2 August 2016, New York, USA: United Nations Workshop to discuss implementation of paragraphs 113, 117 and 119 to 124 of resolution 64/72 and paragraphs 121, 126, 129, 130 and 132 to 134 of resolution 66/68 on Sustainable Fisheries, addressing the impacts of bottom fishing on vulnerable marine ecosystems and the long-term sustainability of deep-sea fish stocks. The workshop was chaired by Mr. Osvaldo Urrutia (Chile), Vice-Chair of the Commission and Chair of the CTC. Several SPRFMO Members attended the workshop and some also engaged as panelists, in particular Australia, Chile, European Union, and Korea. The Executive Secretary attended as a panellist of Segment 4 on "Progress made by regional fisheries management organisations and arrangements in addressing the impacts of bottom fisheries on vulnerable marine ecosystems and the long term sustainability of deep-sea fish stocks, in particular through the implementation of relevant paragraphs of resolutions 64/72 and 66/68". She reported on "Bottom Fishing Measures of the SPRFMO".
11-15 July, Rome, Italy: Food and Agriculture Organisation, Committee on Fisheries, COFI 2016. The Executive Secretary participated as an observer.
9 and 15 July, Rome Italy: Sixth Meeting of Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (RSN-6). The Executive Secretary attended.
12 July, Rome, Italy: ABNJ Deep Seas Project meeting. The Executive Secretary participated.
14 July, Rome, Italy: Meeting of the International MCS Network. The Executive Secretary attended as an observer.
7-11 March, Auckland, New Zealand: 5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop. The Data Manager participated in this biennial conference intended to improve and enhance capacity and communications between MCS professionals from around the world. The programme included International and Regional Cooperation case studies, application of the port State measures agreement, development of an MCS IUU Risk Framework and the FAO Global record of fishing vessels.
22 March, Auckland, New Zealand: Regional Data Workshop. The Data Manager participated in this follow-up to the 2nd Regional Information Management workshop. The follow-up workshop concentrated on current data management practices for the Pacific's tuna fisheries (both State side and RFBs like FFA/SPC/CCSBT/WCPFC) and general RFMOs (CCAMLR/SPRFMO) in the region.
19 - 30 October 2015, Hobart, Australia: Thirty-four Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. The Executive Secretary attended from 26-29 October as an observer. During these days some representatives of the VMS-WG met with CCAMLR staff members to discuss the CCAMLR VMS setup, costs and possible opportunity of sharing with SPRMO.
5-6 October 2015, Viña del Mar, Chile: Our Ocean 2015 Conference: The Executive Secretary attended and participated in the Panel on IUU Fishing on the High Seas, a side event of the conference at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso (slides of her presentation and video recording of the IUU Panel).
- 24-28 May 2015, Suva, Fiji: Pacific Ocean Alliance Meeting: The Executive Secretary was invited and attended this inaugural meeting discussing the Pacific Islands region’s ocean priorities and interests as they relate to areas beyond national jurisdiction.
- 2-5 March 2015, Swakopmund, Namibia: FAO VME processes and practices workshop. The SPRFMO Data Manager was asked to chair this workshop. The workshop aimed to facilitate understanding of the work that has been done globally in RFMOs, enable the sharing of experience among the regions and assist with the upcoming UNGA review on bottom fisheries in 2016 (UNGA Res. 66/68, para. 137).
FAO is compiling a publication entitled VME Processes and Practices in ABNJ detailing the development of the assessment and management of VMEs in each region to date. This will form a sister volume to the Worldwide Review of Bottom Fisheries in the High Seas that was published by FAO in 2009. FAO also plans to update the Worldwide Review publication using information covering the period 2007 - 2013. The objectives of the Swakopmund workshop were to:
- Present and discuss draft regional chapters on the VME process and practices,
- Outline revisions required for each chapter, and,
- Agree on a plan of work for completing the drafts and a deadline for publishing the document.
A first draft of each chapter had been prepared by the FAO prior to the meeting, which was passed to the representative(s) of the participating RFMOs to review, provide references and return to the FAO. The South Pacific chapter was reviewed by Andrew Penney, Geoff Tingly and Craig Loveridge and is currently within the FAO publications process.
- 25- 27 February 2015, Swakopmund, Namibia: Meeting of the Intersessional CWP Fishery Subject Group. The SPRFMO Data Manager attended as Observer. Topics that were discussed included:
- Review of the current status of the CWP handbook revision
- Dissemination of the revised handbook on the CWP web page
- Enhancement of the socioeconomic section
- Elaborating the section on standards for GIS data and geospatial presentation
- Streamlining reporting of national statistics
- Fisheries commodities classifications
- Vessels, gear and effort statistics
- “Fishery” identification
- Role of the CWP in harmonizing/standardising fisheries data
- CWP Membership and direction
- 23-24 and 27 February 2015, Swakopmund, Namibia: Ninth session of the Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS) Steering Committee. The SPRFMO Data Manager attended as Observer. The Steering Committee recognized that FIRMS had built strong foundations for global reporting on fisheries status and trends and that it had met expectations of most partners. It acknowledged the ongoing progress towards timelier reporting, e.g. with the forthcoming International Council for the Exploration of the Sea web services, or the harvesting capacities developed for serving the Chimaera portal under the SmartFish project.