Activity 11: Address the problem of by-catch in fisheries

Below are the global and regional obligations in this activity:
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Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Implement the by-catch elements of FAO’s ‘Technical Guidelines on the Interaction Between Sea Turtles with Fisheries’: CMS Resolution 8.14, 1
  • Implement the FAO’s International Plans of Actions for reducing impacts of longline fishing on Seabirds and Shark and require proven by-catch solutions: CMS Resolution 8.14, 2 (a), (b)
  • Work within Regional Fisheries Management Organisations to reduce by-catch in these fisheries: CMS Resolution 8.14, 2 (c)
  • Agree to the appointment of a Scientific Councillor with expertise in by-catch to coordinate the by-catch work of the Scientific Council: CMS Resolution 8.14, 2 (d)
  • Compile information and take action to address the problem of by-catch: CMS Recommendation 7.2, a SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Implement appropriate schemes in order to determine the impact of fisheries by-catch on migratory species, including in the context of FAO’s International Plans of Action on Seabirds and Sharks: CMS Recommendation 7.2, b
  • Encourage research proposals on by-catch in geographical areas in which there is a particular lack of information CMS Recommendation 7.2, c
  • Consider and implement ways and means to reduce the amount of discarded and lost fishing gear, as well as ways and means of minimising such losses CMS Recommendation 7.2, d
  • Protect migratory species against by-catch, including seabirds, marine turtles and cetaceans: CMS Resolution 6.2, 1 SEE COMMENTARY 2
  • Range States of seabirds, marine turtles and cetaceans listed in CMS Appendices I and II, and which have relevant fisheries, should co-operate mutually and with other countries to reduce as far as possible by-catch of such migratory species: CMS Resolution 6.2, 8
  • Help developing countries acquire and use relevant technology for reduce by-catch and with appropriate education and training of fishermen: CMS Resolution 6.2, 9
  • Implement the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations International Plan of Action for Reducing Incidental Catch of Seabirds in Longline Fisheries: CMS Resolution 6.3, 7

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Author Commentary 1

CMS Recommendation 7.2
Is designed to ensure the effective implementation of CMS Resolution 6.2.

Author Commentary 2

CMS Resolution 6.2 paragraphs 1-4
Contain similar statements all calling for action to reduce by-catch.