DSCC Recommendations for the Review of the NEAFC Regulations on Bottom Fishing

Date: June 25, 2012

As stated in the Process for the Review of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) Regulation on Bottom Fishing adopted by the Commission at its Annual Meeting in November 2011 (AM 2011-75), the objective of the review is to assess current NEAFC measures on regulating bottom fishing and, if required, to make recommendations to the Commission, in order to ensure alignment between the NEAFC regulations and the measures called for in the most recent relevant UNGA Resolutions (e.g. 64/72, paragraphs 119, 122) and the International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-Sea Fisheries in the High Seas. With these terms of reference in mind, we have provided the following comments, observations and recommendations.

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