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
    Document Number Title File
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-MIP02 Provisional Agenda
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-MIP03 (Rev. 2) Provisional Annotated Agenda
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-MIP04 (Rev. 3) Indicative Schedule
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-MIP05 (Rev. 2) Provisional List of Documents
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-MIP06 (Rev. 1) Workshop Program
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP01 Report on identification of VMEs and assessment of impacts caused by Japanese bottom fishing activities on VMEs and other marine species in the western part of the NPFC Convention Area
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP02 Updated summary comparison of VME encounter protocols in bottom fish RFMO/As
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP03 Identification of existing fishing grounds and unfished areas in the Emperor Seamounts region
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP04 Analysis of fishery bycatch and scientific survey data for cold-water corals and sponges in the existing fishing grounds of the Emperor Seamounts region
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP05 An assessment of the potential impacts of Japanese bottom fisheries on vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) within fished seamounts of the Emperor Seamounts region
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP06 Historical Significant Adverse Impact Assessments of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission Members
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP07 VMEs in North Western Pacific as life-supporting resources – challenges and possible science-based approaches to solutions
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP08 An overview on protection of corals and VMEs in fished and unfished areas
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP09 Overview of Seamount Bottom Fisheries Situations and Potential Impacts on Corals
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP10 Global Overview of Actions Taken to Prevent SAI on VMEs: Surveys and VME Identification
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP11 Report on identification of VMEs and assessment of impacts caused by Korean Bottom Trawl Fishing Activities on VMEs or other marine species in the Western part of the NPFC Convention Area
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP12 International Obligations for Assessment of Significant Adverse Impacts (SAIs) on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs)
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP13 Global Overview Paper on Data Requirements to Implement Deep Sea Fisheries Measures to Protect VMEs
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP14 Managing Fishery Interactions with Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems in the Southern Ocean
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP15 Report on the identification of vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) & assessment of significant adverse impact (SAI) on seamounts currently fished by Canada
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP16 Spatial Management Strategies: The SPRFMO (New Zealand) Experience
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP17 VME - North Pacific Perspective
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP18 Report on the Members on Data Availability and Deficiencies by Canada
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP19 Data Availability and Deficiencies by Japan
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-WP20 Data availability and progress in VME protection in the NPFC against data requirements from the FAO DSF Guidelines
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-IP01 Application of association analysis for identifying indicator taxa of vulnerable marine ecosystems in the Emperor Seamounts area, North Pacific Ocean
    NPFC-2018-WS VME01-IP02 Defying Dissolution: Discovery of Deep-Sea Scleractinian Coral Reefs in the North Pacific
    International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-sea Fisheries in the High Seas
    CMM 2017-05 For Bottom Fisheries and Protection of VMEs in the NW Pacific Ocean
    CMM 2017-06 For Bottom Fisheries and Protection of VMEs in the NE Pacific Ocean
    Summary Footprint of Bottom Fisheries
    Historical SAI Assessment Reports (Click for LINK)