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