Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System

MissionObjectivesThe primary aim of the Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS) is to provide access to a wide range of high-quality information on the global monitoring and management of fishery marine resources. Main Function

Scientific information.



The Partners

Member:




























Observer:
The following organizations are observers in the context of the FIRMS partnership:

  • Benguela Current Commission (BCC)
  • International Whaling Commission (IWC)
  • North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO)
  • Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS)
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
Pre-agreements have also been discussed or formulated at national level with:
  • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - United States
  • Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) - Namibia
  • Fisheries Informatics Centre (FICEN) - Viet Nam
  • Bureau of Rural Science (BRS) - Australia
  • Fisheries and Ocean Canada (DFO) - Canada
  • Institut francais de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (IFREMER) - France

This map represents the current geographic coverage of the different Tuna regional fishery bodies which are FIRMS partners: CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC.

Tuna Partners Geographic Coverage
Tuna Partners Geographic Coverage


This map represents the current geographic coverage of the different non-Tuna regional fishery bodies which are FIRMS partners: CCAMLR, CECAF, EUROSTAT, GFCM, ICES, NAFO, NEAFC, RECOFI, SEAFDEC, SEAFO, SWIOFC, WECAFC.

Non-Tuna Partners Geographic Coverage
Non-Tuna Partners Geographic Coverage




GovernanceFIRMS Steering Committee (FSC)is constituted by representatives of the Partners: one member nominated by each partner, including FAO in its capacity of partner. The FSC technical and Administrative responsibilities are described in the Article 5 of the FIRMS Partnership Arrangement. The FSC's Rules of procedures were adopted at the launching meeting of FIRMS (Rome, February 2004) as Attachment 5.FIRMS Secretariatis provided by FAO. The responsibilities of the Secretariat are described in the Article 3 of the FIRMS Partnership Arrangement.FIRMS Technical working groupThe general mandate of the FIRMS technical working group is to consider technical issues and make recommendations on matters of a purely technical nature. This working group convened by the Secretariat will work through correspondence and hold a meeting, if necessary.

Partnership ArrangementFIRMS is operated under a Partnership Arrangement which was launched in February 2004 upon signature of the Arrangement by the first five FIRMS Partners. The Partnership was launched with FAO and regional fishery body institutions. It will be opened at a later stage to national institutions. The FIRMS Partnership Arrangement specifies the rights and obligations of the Partners and the rules driving the partnership.

The FIRMS Information Management Policy defines the principles and conditions governing the sharing of information contributed by the various Partners within FIRMS.

Geographic coverageGlobal.

Thematic coverageCapture fisheries, with priority to Marine fisheries.

LanguagesEnglish. The website is also available in French and could be extended to other FAO official languages according to FIRMS partners decisions.

FundingIn accordance with the FIRMS Partnership Arrangement:
  • FAO
will cover the costs of FIRMS development, FIRMS Steering Committee administration and the provision of the Partner entitlements under the Arrangement through regular and trust fund arrangements, to the extent that these funds allow and in accordance with its financial rules and regulations.
  • FIRMS Partners
will cover the costs of information contributions to FIRMS, attendance at FSC meetings and additional FIRMS services, which might include information system functionality or customisation for the specific use of the Partner, to the extent that funds have been allocated thereto.

In addition, extra budgetary funding is expected and sought to support further developments.

  • Current extra budgetary funding
Sponsor Project title
Logo The Government of Japan Japanese trust fund GCP/INT/069/JPN “Promotion of sustainable fisheries: support for strengthening functions of and coordination among RFBs/RFMOs”


  • Past extra budgetary funding
Sponsor Project title
Logo Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres Associate Professional Officers Programme
Logo The Government of Japan Strategy for Improving Status and Trends of Capture Fisheries (Fishcode-STF) Logo
Logo The Government of Norway Strategy for Improving Status and Trends of Capture Fisheries (Fishcode-STF) Logo


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