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


CCAMLR is the international organisation responsible for the conservation and management of marine living resources in the Southern Ocean. CCAMLR's objectives balance 'conservation' and 'rational use' of living resources to ensure that existing ecological relationships between harvested, dependent and related species are maintained and that depleted populations are restored to levels at which their biological productivity is greatest.

The CCSBT objective is to ensure, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilisation of the global southern bluefin tuna fishery. The Commission also provides an internationally recognised forum for other countries/ entities to actively participate in SBT issues.

The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (also known in short as DG MARE) is the Commission department responsible for the implementation of the Common Fisheries policy and of the Integrated Maritime Policy.

The mission of the Fisheries Department of FAO is to facilitate and secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the worlds's fisheries and aquaculture.

The objectives of the GFCM are to promote the development, conservation and management of living marine resources, formulate and recommend conservation measures and encourage training cooperative projects in the Mediterranean.

The IATTC, established by international convention in 1950, is responsible for the conservation and management of fisheries for tunas and other species taken by tuna-fishing vessels in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas is an inter-governmental fishery organization responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas.

ICES is the organization that coordinates and promotes marine research in the North Atlantic. This includes adjacent seas such as the Baltic and North

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) is an intergovernmental organization mandated to manage tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Ocean and adjacent seas. Its objective is to promote cooperation among its Members with a view to ensuring, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilisation of stocks and encouraging sustainable development of fisheries based on such stocks.

NAFO is an intergovernmental fisheries science and management body. NAFO's overall objective is to contribute through consultation and cooperation to the optimum utilization, rational management and conservation of the fishery resources of the Convention Area. The NAFO Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries applies to most fishery resources of the Northwest Atlantic except salmon, tunas/marlins, whales, and sedentary species (e.g. shellfish).

NASCO is an international organization, established by an inter-governmental Convention in 1984. The objective of NASCO is to conserve, restore, enhance and rationally manage Atlantic salmon through international cooperation taking account of the best available scientific information.

NEAFC is made up of delegations from Contracting Parties who have agreed to abide by the rules of the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in North East Atlantic Fisheries. The Commission was formed to recommend measures to maintain the rational exploitation of fish stocks in the Convention Area, taking scientific advice from ICES, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. NEAFC is the competent organisation for recommending measures to Contracting Parties to promote the rational exploitation of fisheries in the NEAFC area, but beyond areas under national fisheries jurisdiction of Contracting Parties.If Contracting Parties so request, NEAFC will also recommend measures for areas under the fisheries jurisdiction of Contracting Parties.

SEAFDEC is an autonomous intergovernmental body established as a regional treaty organization in 1967 to promote fisheries development in Southeast Asia. SEAFDEC aims specifically to develop the fishery potentials in the region through training, research and information services to improve the food supply by rational utilization and development of the fisheries resources.

SEAFO is a regional fisheries management organisation in South East Atlantic Ocean. The objective of its Convention (The Convention on the Conservation and Management of Fisheries Resources in the South East Atlantic Ocean) is to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the Convention Area through the effective implementation of the Convention.

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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