Bycatch on the High Seas: A Review of the Effectiveness of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, September 2005

Date: September 1, 2005

Source: WWF

Commercial fishing for groundfish species has occurred for over 400 years of recorded history in the area that has become the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Convention Area. Increasing fishing power of vessels from many European and North American countries put growing pressure on the stocks, a number of which are seriously overfished. International management began with the formation of the International Convention for the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries, which NAFO subsequently replaced in 1979.

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