International Union for Conservation of Nature

24 March, 2009

Last week, from March 16-19 at UN headquarter in New York, the meeting of the eighth round of Informal Consultations of States Parties to the Fish Stocks Agreement (FSA) took place. At the meeting, there were over 200 representatives from governments as well as participation on behalf of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Greenpeace. In particular, the meeting focused on wider participation by governments as signatories to the FSA, as well as planning and structure for the upcoming resumption of the Fish Stocks Review Conference, which was agreed to take place from 24-28 May 2010; the next States Parties meeting will take place 15-19 March 2010.

Continue reading Report of the Eighth round of Informal Consultations of States Parties to the Fish Stocks Agreement

15 March, 2007

The meeting (27th Session) of the UN FAO Committee on Fisheries took place 5-9 March 2007 at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. COFI meets every two years, bringing together senior government officials from some 100 countries with an interest in fisheries.

Continue reading Report on the outcome of the meeting of the UN FAO Committee on Fisheries and deep-sea fisheries on the high seas

15 June, 2006

At the United Nations meeting taking place this week in New York to discuss ecosystem approaches and oceans, Palau has presented a new proposal for a moratorium on high seas bottom trawling. In the approach to the meeting, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Brazil confirmed their support for a UN moratorium, as science continues to unravel the mysteries and vulnerabilty of deep-sea species and habitats.

Continue reading More evidence, support and a new proposal

4 May, 2006

Deep-water sharks join the ranks of species facing extinction, together with polar bears and the hippopotamus, listed on the World Conservation Union’s 2006 Red List of Threatened Species. The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List, released on 2 May 2006 in Switzerland, is the world’s most authoritative inventory of the conservation status of animals and plants.

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4 April, 2006

Curtiba, Brazil – Although extinctions are proceeding at an unprecedented rate, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) failed to do more than reiterate the call for immediate action to protect vulnerable deep-sea corals and underwater mountains from high seas bottom trawling, shifting the responsibility to the United Nations. “The decisions on high seas reflect that governments now recognize the grave threats to the unique high seas biodiversity and the need for urgent actions.

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28 March, 2006

Last week, from March 20-24, governments met in New York for the preparatory meeting for the Fish Stocks Agreement (FSA) Review Conference to be held from May 22-26. Although Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines indicated their intention to join the FSA, and some improvements were made to the criteria to assess the FSA, process and procedure largely dominated the

Continue reading Process not substance dominates preparatory meeting for FSA review