NPFC/FAO Workshop Protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems in the North Pacific Fisheries Commission Area: applying global experiences to regional assessments

    Organizer(s)
    NPFC, ABNJ Deep Seas Project (FAO)
    Co-sponsor(s)
    North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)
    Location
    Yokohama, Japan
    Short Name
    NPFC/FAO VME Workshop
    Start Date
    End Date
    Registration Due
    Meeting Papers Due
    1. Opening of the Workshop
     
    1.1 Welcome Address
     
    1.2 Purpose of Workshop and Expectations
    2. International Obligations for Assessment of Significant Adverse Impacts (SAIs) on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs)
    3. Overview of Seamount Bottom Fisheries Situations and Potential Impacts on Corals
    4. Global Overview of Actions Taken to Prevent SAI on VMEs
     
    4.1 Surveys and VME Identification
     
    4.2 VME Encounter Protocols
     
    4.3 Exploratory Fishing Protocols
     
    4.4 Spatial management strategies
    5. Historical SAI Assessments of NPFC Members (primarily from 2008-2009)
    6. Protection of Corals and VMEs in Fished and Unfished Areas
    7. Reports on Current SAI Assessments
     
    7.1 Northeastern Pacific Ocean
     
    7.2 Northwestern Pacific Ocean
    8. Global Overview Paper on Data Requirements to Implement Deep Sea Fisheries Measures to Protect VMEs
    9. Reports of the Members on Data Availability and Deficiencies
    10. The Global Picture - Discussions on Comparisons of the NPFC Approach with That of Other Regions
     
    10.1 Surveys and VME Identification
     
    10.2 Bottom Fishing Footprints (including monitoring gear and effort changes)
     
    10.3 VME Encounter Protocols
     
    10.4 Exploratory Fishing Protocols
     
    10.5 Spatial management measures
    11. Discussions on Future Options for NPFC to Prevent SAI on VMEs
     
    11.1 Data and Data Gaps
     
    11.2 Encounter Protocols
     
    11.3 SAI Assessments
     
    11.4 Fishing Footprints and Exploratory Fishing Protocols
     
    11.5 Spatial management measures
    12. Concluding Remarks on Major Findings of the Workshop
    13. Recommendations to the SSC VME
    14. Adoption of the Report
    15. Close of the Workshop