Fisheries Commission


NAFO Heads of Delegation, September 2015

The Fisheries Commission is responsible for the management and conservation of the fishery resources of the Regulatory Area. The Commission adopts proposals for joint action by the Contracting Parties designed to achieve optimum utilization of the fishery resources of the Regulatory Area. In considering such proposals, the Commission takes into account any relevant information or advice provided to it by the Scientific Council. The Commission seeks to ensure consistency between:

Allocation of Catches:
Proposals adopted by the Commission for the allocation of catches in the Regulatory Area take into account the interests of Commission members whose vessels have traditionally fished within that Area, and, in the allocation of catches from the Grand Bank and Flemish Cap, Commission members give special consideration to the Contracting Party whose coastal communities are primarily dependent on fishing for stocks related to these fishing banks and which has undertaken extensive efforts to ensure the conservation of such stocks through international action, in particular, by providing surveillance and inspection of international fisheries on these banks under an international scheme of joint enforcement,

Proposals on International Measures:
The Commission also adopts proposals for international measures of control and enforcement within the Regulatory Area for the purpose of ensuring within the Area the application of this Convention and the measures in force thereunder.Proposals adopted by the Commission are transmitted by the Executive Secretary to all Contracting Parties and each proposal adopted by the Commission becomes a measure binding on all Contracting Parties (unless a Commission Member presents an objection).

The membership of the Commission is reviewed and determined by the General Council at its annual meeting and consists of:

  1. each Contracting Party which participates in the fisheries of the Regulatory Area; and
  2. each Contracting Party which has provided evidence satisfactory to the General Council that it expects to participate in the fisheries of the Regulatory Area during the year of that annual meeting or during the following calendar year.

Chair: Temur Tairov (Russian Federation)
Vice-Chair: Pat Moran (USA)

Fisheries Commission has set up one Standing Committee:

STACTIC = Standing Committee on International Control

Activities of STACTIC involve:

  1. review and evaluate the effectiveness of the Conservation and Enforcement Measures established by the Fisheries Commission;
  2. review and evaluate the compliance by Contracting Parties with the Conservation and Enforcement Measures established by the Fisheries Commission;
  3. review and evaluate reports on the inspection and surveillance activities carried out by the Contracting Parties;
  4. review and evaluate reports on infringements, including serious infringements, and the follow-up thereto by the Contracting Party;
  5. produce an annual report on compliance by all Contracting Parties for the preceding calendar year. The report shall be based on a comprehensive provisional compilation by the Executive Secretary of relevant reports submitted by Contracting Parties and any other information available to the Executive Secretary. This compilation shall be dispatched to all Contracting Parties together with the draft provisional agenda pursuant to Rule 4.1;
  6. promote the co-ordination of inspection and surveillance activities carried out by the Contracting Parties;
  7. develop inspection methodologies;
  8. consider the practical problems of international measures of control;
  9. consider such other technical matters as may be referred to it by the Fisheries Commission;
  10. obtain and compile all available information on the fishing activities of non-Contracting Parties in the Regulatory Area, including details on the type, flag and name of vessels and reported or estimated catches by species and area;
  11. obtain and compile all available information on landings, and transshipments of fish caught in the Regulatory Area by non-Contracting Parties, including details on the name and flag of the vessels; the quantities by species landed, transshipped; and the countries and ports through which the product was shipped;
  12. examine and assess all options open to NAFO Contracting Parties including measures to control imports of fish caught by non-Contracting Party vessels in the Regulatory Area and to prevent the reflagging of fishing vessels to fish under the flags of non-Contracting Parties; and
  13. make appropriate recommendations to the Fisheries Commission.

STACTIC consists of one representative from each Commission member who is assisted by experts and advisers.

Chair: Judy Dwyer (Canada)
Vice-Chair: Aronne Spezzani (EU)