NAFO Convention Area (map)

  • Covers a large portion of the Atlantic Ocean, including the 200-mile zones of Coastal States — Canada, Greenland, St. Pierre et Miquelon and USA.
  • NAFO’s Convention area is 6,551,289 km2.
  • NAFO management divisions only apply to the areas straddling, as well as outside the EEZs (Exclusive Economic Zones). Known as NAFO’s Regulatory Area (NRA) — 2,707,895 km2.


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General Info

NAFO's objective:

to ensure long term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the Convention Area and, in so doing, to safeguard the marine ecosystems in which these resources are found.

  • NAFO is an intergovernmental fisheries science and management body.
  • NAFO was founded in 1979 as a successor to ICNAF (International Commission of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries) (1949-1978).
  • The NAFO Convention on Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries applies to most fishery resources of the Northwest Atlantic except salmon, tunas/marlins, whales, and sedentary species (e.g. shellfish). 
  • Currently NAFO has 12 Contracting Parties with the following structure:
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