Ecosystem Approach to the management of fisheries and the marine environment in West Africa waters

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Received by email. Workshop on West Africa fisheries management by ecosystem approach. Interesting programme that you can find below:

 

The Sub Regional Fisheries Commission’s Permanent Secretary is honored to inform you that the first International conference “Ecosystem Approach to the management of fisheries and the marine environment in West Africa waters” will be held the 17th, 18thand 19th November 2015 in Dakar.

The conference will be split in plenary and sub commission rooms according to scientific contributions. The agenda will be sent after the deadline of abstract submission.

Session 1: “Observation and modelling of ocean physics supporting the ecosystem approach to marine management”
Session 2: “Variability of pelagic productivity in West-African waters”
Session 3: “Physical-biogeochemical coupling: processes and control of small pelagic fish”
Session 4: “Economics integrated into the ecosystem approach to marine management and economic benchmarking”
Session 5: “Marine Protected Area (MPA) in West Africa”

Side-event 1: “Environmental marine law”
Side-event 2: “Blue economy: Improved the technological development of aquaculture in Africa”
Side-event 3: “The port inspection and exchange of information as a tool for strengthening the fight against IUU fishing in the SRFC area”
Side-event 4: COP21/CMP11(*)Toward a common declaration for African Tropical Atlantic countries. (*) 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

International Working Group IndiAWA: “Indicators for an Ecosystem Approach to the Management of Fisheries and the Marine Environment in West African Waters”.

International PREFACE Workshop: ‘Bio-economic modeling of African Fisheries in the Atlantic’ (opening just after the conference start the 20th).

Online registration will be made at http://www.awa-project.org/inscription-conference/
In case of online registration problems, you may contact directly the assistant of the program through the following e-mail [email protected] copy to [email protected] the mail object should read « Registration to AWA Conference 2015 ».

Please send the announcement to all you WP participants, the term of reference will follow asap.
Faithfully.

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2e ANNONCE

Mesdames, Messieurs,

Le Secrétariat Permanent de la Commission Sous Régionale de Pêche a le plaisir de vous informer de la Conférence internationale « Ecosystem Approach to the management of fisheries and the marine environment in West Africa waters » qui se tiendra les 17, 18 et 19 novembre 2015 à Dakar au Sénégal.

La conférence se fera en session plénière ou en sous commission selon les contributions scientifiques reçues. Vous recevrez l’agenda suite à la soumission des résumés scientifiques.

Session 1: “Observation and modelling of ocean physics supporting the ecosystem approach to marine management”
Session 2: “Variability of pelagic productivity in West-African waters”
Session 3: “Physical-biogeochemical coupling: processes and control of small pelagic fish”
Session 4: “Economics integrated into the ecosystem approach to marine management and economic benchmarking”
Session 5: “Marine Protected Area (MPA) in West Africa”

Side-event 1: “Environmental marine law”
Side-event 2: “Blue economy: Improved the technological development of aquaculture in Africa”
Side-event 3: “The port inspection and exchange of information as a tool for strengthening the fight against IUU fishing in the SRFC area”
Side-event 4: COP21/CMP11(*)Toward a common declaration for African Tropical Atlantic countries. (*) 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

International Working Group IndiAWA: “Indicators for an Ecosystem Approach to the Management of Fisheries and the Marine Environment in West African Waters”.

International PREFACE Workshop: ‘Bio-economic modeling of African Fisheries in the Atlantic’ (opening just after the conference start the 20th).

Les inscriptions en ligne peuvent se faire au http://www.awa-project.org/inscription-conference/
Si vous rencontrez des problèmes au moment de l’inscription, vous pouvez contacter directement l’assistant de programme selon le mail suivant: [email protected]  avec copie à[email protected] avec en objet « Registration to AWA Conference 2015 ».

Merci de faire suivre cette annonce, les termes de références seront disponibles dès que possible.
Veuillez agréer, Mesdames, Messieurs, l’assurance de notre considération distinguée.

ITLOS delivers its advisory opinion on ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING ACTIVITIES

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered its Advisory Opinion on the request submitted to the Tribunal by the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) regarding flag state liability and IUUF (Case 21). This is the first time in the history of the Tribunal that an advisory opinion is being rendered by the full Tribunal. Details on the Tribunal and Case 21 can be found on the ITLOS website and the text of the decision can be found here.

AIDCP Meetings

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tates and Regional Economic Integration Organizations which have ratified or acceded to the Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP) have met in Lima, Peru (July 7th and 8th 2014) to held the annual Meetings.

The AIDCP is a legally-binding multilateral agreement which entered into force in February 1999, established this program, the successor to the 1992 Agreement on the Conservation of Dolphins (the “La Jolla Agreement”). The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) provides the Secretariat for the program, which covers the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Parties of the Agreement are: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States and Venezuela.

 

The Sultanate of Oman Moves towards Aquaculture

Following the 15th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea that took place in the UN Headquarters between 27-30 May 2014 on the topic “The Role of Seafood in Global Food Security”, I was inspired to look at what is happening in Oman which led to be finding the following:

As the population of the Sultanate has increased over the years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has decided to open  the door for investments in the field of aquaculture to meet the growing demand for fish for nutrition needs.

During the last two decades, with an improvement in the living standards and income, there have been both calls and complaints that not enough fish are being supplied into the domestic market. In addition, even those available were still not enough and the prices were very high per kilo, particularly in the interior of the country. On the other hand, the fishermen keep complaining that the harvest has been gradually decreasing.

The Sultanate of Oman has a long coast of 3,165 Kilometres, mainly overlooking the Indian Ocean (the Sea of Oman, Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea). More than 1000 different species are estimated to be living in its waters. With this in mind, and in realization of the above-mentioned facts, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has come to a conclusion that aquaculture is the right move in the right direction.

Consequently, and after conducting the necessary studies with the help of some expertise from States such as Norway, Chile, China, the UK, Malta and Turkey that have already developed expertise in this area, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries prepared and passed, with the support of FAO, Regulation No. 177/2012 of 2012 on ‘Living resources and controlling their quality’. The Regulation was amended in April this year by Ministerial Decision No. 102/2014, which sets out the legal framework under which projects in aquaculture can be conducted. The regulation allows for both inland (in farms) and coastal aquaculture, and stipulates the rules and requirements upon which licenses can be granted, with a remarkable emphasis on the protection and preservation of the environment.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has made available a considerable number of land plots in many locations along the coast where aquaculture projects can take place and open them to investment by enterprises, particularly those with small and medium size. The enhancement of aquaculture has begun, and there is agreement among both the Government and civil society that aquaculture will play a significant role towards the sustainability of fish, meeting the increasing food demand with low prices, creating jobs, bringing foreign investment, increasing production, and more contribution to the GDP.

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By: Mubarak Al Hinai, a UN-Nippon Foundation Programme Fellow 2014-2015

World Oceans Day 2014

WOD 2014June 8th, 2014

Together we have the power to protect our oceans!

For more information about World Oceans Day, go to: http://worldoceansday.org/