Overview, roles and performance of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC)

Trond Bjorndal

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    According to the 1995 United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement(UNFSA),straddling fishstocks and highly migratory fishstocks are to be managed by Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs),consisting of coastal states and relevant Distant Water Fishing Nations(DWFNs).In the North East Atlantic there are several traddling stocks,including herring,mackerel,bluewhiting,redfish and numerous deep sea stocks that are exploited both within coastal states’200 mile Exclusive Economic Zones and on the high seas. Managemen to fsuch stocks poses special management problems.In this area, the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission(NEAFC)represents the relevant RFMO.So far the literature has devoted little attention to RFMOs in general and to NEAFC in particular. The purpose of this report is,first,to provide an overview of the organisation, structure,and objectives of NEAFC and, second, to consider its performance with regard to resource management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)685-697
    Number of pages13
    JournalMarine Policy
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009


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