Work in the South Pacific
New Zealand is in negotiations to establish the South
Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation
This organisation will manage fishing of non-tuna species and the
environmental impacts of fishing in high seas areas of the southern
Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea.
During the third round of negotiations for establishing SPRFMO
that took place in Renañca, Chile in 2007, participants agreed
to a set of interim conservation and management measures.
An interim SPRFMO secretariat has also been established in
Wellington, New Zealand.
Negotiations are underway to finalise issues such as the area
the agreement will cover, funding for the organisation once it is
established, entry criteria and associated rights and obligations,
and high-level policy relating to management of fish stocks.