Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO)

Organisation des pêches de l'Atlantique Nord-Ouest

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History

Established 1 Jan 1979, Dartmouth NS (Canada), on entry into force of Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries, 1978 (NAFO), which had been signed 24 Oct 1978, Ottawa (Canada), and came into force 1 Jan 1979. Successor to International Commission for the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries (ICNAF), set up 3 July 1950, on coming into force of International Convention for the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries, signed 8 Feb 1949, Washington DC (USA). Amendments to the Convention approved 2007. Convention ratified 18 May 2017.

Aims

Through consultation and cooperation, contribute to the optimum utilization, rational management and conservation of the fishery resources of the Convention Area of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean; ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the Convention Area and, in doing so, safeguard the marine ecosystems in which these resources are found.

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Activities

Adopts conservation and management measures as well as a monitoring, control and surveillance scheme; plans and coordinates research work; compiles and considers results; collects and publishes fishery statistics and samples of commercially caught fish; allocates quotas. Assessment advice is based on scientific surveys of Contracting Parties, including national annual reports, scientific papers and data, fisheries statistics. Contracting Parties agree to maintain in force and implement a scheme of joint international enforcement, including reciprocal rights for boarding and inspection and for prosecution and sanctions on the basis of resulting evidence.

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Languages

English.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 7 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 9 countries
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Subjects *

  • Oceanography
    • Marine
  • Geography
    • Ecology
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Fisheries

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land

UIA Org ID

C1537

Last News Received

22. May 2019
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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