2018 NPFC/FAO Workshop on Protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems successfully concluded in Yokohama, Japan

    NPFC and global experts from different parts of the world participated in a four-day NPFC/FAO workshop on protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems organized by the North Pacific Fisheries Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) ABNJ Deep Seas Project in Yokohama, Japan from the 12th to 15th of March 2018.

    The goal of the workshop was to further our understanding of the interactions between bottom fishing activities and VMEs, and how impacts are mitigated by the adoption of appropriate measures to ensure sustainable fisheries. The workshop overviewed global actions taken to prevent significant adverse impact (SAI) on VMEs. NPFC Members updated assessment of SAI by bottom fisheries on VMEs in the North Pacific and reviewed their data availability and deficiencies.  Participants compared NPFC approach with that of other regions and suggested future options for NPFC to prevent SAI on VMEs.

    The workshop was also co-sponsored by the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), one of the key potential partners of NPFC in the North Pacific.

    A comprehensive report summarizing the workshop results is being developed and will be published after peer review by the end of 2018.