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NAFO E-Newsletter 2016


NAFO E-Newsletter September 2015

NAFO’s 38th Annual Meeting

The 38th Annual Meeting of NAFO took place from 19 to 23 September in Varadero, Cuba. During the meeting, significant progress was made, including the following:
  • NAFO agreed to undergo its second performance review;
  • NAFO has agreed to align its port State control measures with the FAO Port State Measures Agreement;
  • NAFO closed an additional 239 km2 of its Regulatory Area to protect significant concentrations of sea pens;
  • NAFO will launch a management strategy evaluation (MSE) for Greenland halibut;
  • NAFO has put rules in place to prohibit the removal of shark fins on board vessels; and
  • NAFO’s Executive Secretary, Fred Kingston, was renewed for a second four-year term until the end of 2021.

For more information about the Annual Meeting and meeting highlights, please see our press release:

The September Report of the Fisheries Commission and its Subsidiary Body (STACTIC) can be found

The September Report of the General Council and its Subsidiary Body (STACFAD) can be found

NAFO Launches New Website

In October 2016, NAFO launched a redesign of its public website, which was Phase I of NAFO's website project.The new public website features many upgrades from the previous website, including:
  • Enhanced search features
  • Events and meeting calendar for NAFO meetings
  • Easy navigation
  • Easy to find links
  • Clean and modern look

Phase II of the website project will include updating the NAFO Members pages.

Internship Program at NAFO

This year, the Secretariat welcomed two interns, Yumi Okochi and Martha Astrup, to the NAFO Secretariat.

The first intern of 2016 was Yumi Okochi, who arrived at the NAFO Secretariat for a three-month internship from mid-May to mid-August 2016 from Japan. Prior to the NAFO internship, Yumi was working on Pacific bluefin tuna biological studies at the National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries, Fisheries Research Agency Japan, as an associate researcher. During the course of her internship she had the opportunity to experience the extensive work of NAFO and the NAFO Secretariat, working closely with the Science Team and attending meetings such as the June Scientific Council meeting.

The second NAFO intern for 2016 was Martha Astrup. Martha came to the NAFO Secretariat from Norway for a three-month internship from August to late October 2016. Martha currently works in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. During the course of her internship, Martha explored all areas of the Secretariat, working closely with the Fisheries Team and attended the NAFO Annual Meeting.

The NAFO internship program is now accepting applicants for 2017.
For more on internship opportunities at NAFO, please visit:

Dalhousie University’s Marine Affairs Program

In continuation with the NAFO Secretariat’s relationship with the local academic community, Executive Secretary, Fred Kingston, recently participated in two Marine Affairs Program (MAP) lectures in conjunction with the Dalhousie University program. The MAP aims to teach students about marine management and responsibilities at the graduate level. Mr. Kingston’s first lecture to the group was a brief introductory presentation about NAFO at Dalhousie University and the second lecture allowed the MAP class to visit the Secretariat.

The lectures allowed the students to ask questions regarding NAFO and learn about international ocean governance. Additionally, students have the opportunity to choose NAFO as part of their program’s unpaid internship program.

This year, Travis Aten, from MAP interned at the Secretariat for four weeks over the spring, in fulfillment of the degree requirements for MAP.

For more information on the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie, please visit:

Recent 2016 NAFO meetings:

  • NAFO STACTIC Editorial Drafting Group of the NAFO CEM (EDG), 17-18 October, in Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • NAFO STACTIC Observer Program Review Group, 18-20 October, in Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • NAFO Scientific Council Greenland Halibut Catch Estimates Meeting, 26 October, via WebEx.
  • The NAFO Working Group on Improving Efficiency of NAFO Working Group Process, 28 October, via WebEx.
  • The Scientific Council Working Group on Ecosystem Science and Assessment (WG-ESA), 8-17 November, in Lisbon, Portugal.

The NAFO meeting calendar can be easily accessed on the NAFO website. For more information on
2017 meeting dates, please visit:


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