The Fisheries Commission is responsible for the management and conservation of the fishery resources of the Regulatory Area. The Fisheries 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 Fisheries Commission takes into account any relevant information or advice provided to it by the Scientific Council. The Fisheries Commission seeks to ensure consistency between:
- any proposal that applies to a stock or group of stocks occurring both within the Regulatory Area and within an area under the fisheries jurisdiction of a Coastal State, or any proposal that would have an effect through species interrelationships on a stock or group of stocks occurring in whole or in part within an area under the fisheries jurisdiction of a Coastal State; and
- any measures or decision taken by the coastal State for the management and conservation of that stock or group of stocks with respect to fishing activities conducted within the area under its fisheries jurisdiction.
Chair: Temur Tairov (Russian Federation)
Vice-Chair: Pat Moran (USA)
Fisheries Commission has one Standing Committee:
Standing Committee on International Control (STACTIC)
Activities of STACTIC involve:
- review and evaluate the effectiveness of the Conservation and Enforcement Measures established by the Fisheries Commission;
- review and evaluate the compliance by Contracting Parties with the Conservation and Enforcement Measures established by the Fisheries Commission;
- review and evaluate reports on the inspection and surveillance activities carried out by the Contracting Parties;
- review and evaluate reports on infringements, including serious infringements, and the follow-up thereto by the Contracting Party;
- 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;
- promote the co-ordination of inspection and surveillance activities carried out by the Contracting Parties;
- develop inspection methodologies;
- consider the practical problems of international measures of control;
- consider such other technical matters as may be referred to it by the Fisheries Commission;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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
- 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)