The 3rd Session of the Preparatory Conference adopted the 2011 version of the Bottom Fishery Impact Assessment Standard in February 2012.
This was revised in 2019 and the 7th meeting of the Scientific Committee approved a new Bottom Fishery Impact Assessment Standard in October 2019.
Previously, assessments had been evaluated by the Science Working Group in terms of the interim Benthic Assessment Framework and a Process for the Preparation and Evaluation of Benthic Assessments adopted at the 4th meeting of the International Consultations.
Assessments that have been submitted for evaluation are circulated to key scientific representitives and made available here for public comment. Public comments should be sent to Secretariat@sprfmo.int.