Countries agree on Pacific fish pact

By Online Editor
10:38 am GMT+12, 16/11/2009, New Zealand


Agreement was reached last week on a new organisation to manage South Pacific fisheries.


Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley announced a new convention text had been agreed which would create a regional fisheries management organisation to manage non-highly-migratory fisheries in the high seas.

The organisation would manage deep sea fish stocks such as orange roughy and pelagic species such as jack mackerel, Mr Heatley said.

More than 20 countries have been meeting last week in Auckland to establish the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO).

“This new convention is a key milestone in sustainable management of South Pacific fisheries,” Mr Heatley said. More


Source: PINA website