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European Commission welcomes outcome of 2013 SEAFO annual meeting

(13/12/2013) The European Commission has expressed its satisfaction at the outcome of the 10th Annual Commission meeting of the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO) held in Namibia on December 9th-13th.

In line with scientific advice new biannual TACs were adopted for Patagonian Toothfish, where there was a slight increase in the current TAC in one area, and for Deep Sea Red Crab for which a status quo was agreed.

However, unfortunately no TAC could again be agreed for the depleted Armourhead stock but at least an understanding was reached with Korea that they would not fish more than 300t.

On compliance, the EU's proposal on the management, surveillance and control system (MSC) were agreed with some minor adjustments. As a result the MSC system has been reinforced mainly by a strengthening of the provisions for the existing at sea inspection based predominantly on the UN Fish Stock Agreement (UNFSA) and by detailing port state inspection procedures.

Background

SEAFO is a regional fisheries management organisation in South East Atlantic Ocean established in line with the provisions of the United Nations Law of the Sea and United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement (UNFSA). The objective of its Convention (The Convention on the Conservation and Management of Fisheries Resources in the South East Atlantic Ocean) is to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the Convention Area through the effective implementation of the Convention. The Convention Area excludes exclusive economic zones of the coastal states in the region.