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South Pacific SPRFMO fisheries
Fishery  Fact Sheet
Fishery report 2023
South Pacific SPRFMO fisheries
Fact Sheet Citation  
Owned bySouth Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) – more>>

Overview: The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation is an inter-governmental organisation that is committed to the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources of the South Pacific Ocean and in so doing safeguarding the marine ecosystems in which the resources occur. The SPRFMO Convention applies to the high seas of the South Pacific, covering about a fourth of the Earth's high seas areas. Currently, the main commercial resources fished in the SPRFMO Area are Jack mackerel and jumbo flying squid in the Southeast Pacific and, to a much lesser degree, deep-sea species often associated with seamounts in the Southwest Pacific.

Location of South Pacific SPRFMO fisheries

Geographic reference:  South Pacific
Spatial Scale: Regional
Reference year: 2021
Approach: Jurisdictional

Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO)
Mandate: Scientific Advice; Management;

Area of Competence:
Maritime Area: High seas

Fishing Activity
Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical; Temperate.   Depth zone: Shelf (50 m - 200 m); Slope (200 m - 1000 m); Abyssal ( >1000m).   Horizontal distribution: Oceanic.   Vertical distribution: Demersal; Pelagic.   Sea floor physiography: Seamounts; Canyons; Unspecified.  

Geo References for: South Pacific
Management unit: No

Legal definition
Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean
Jurisdictional framework
Mandate: Scientific Advice; Management; Co-ordination; Monitoring.  
Area of Competence
Maritime Area: High seas.  
Management Regime
The SPRFMO Conservation and Management Measures (CMMs) define the regulatory framework for the SPRFMO fisheries in the high seas areas of the South Pacific Ocean. Each year, the Commission may revise existing, or adopt new, CMMs. Currently, there are 20 CMMs in place detailing various provisions such as the application of technical measures or output and input controls, requirements for data collection and reporting, as well as regulations for monitoring, control and surveillance and enforcement. 
Management Methods

Conservation and Management Measures with focus on Vessel authorisations, Catch effort reporting, Catch control, Capacity limits, Spatial management, Monitoring Control and Surveillance, bycatch and pollution minimisation - Binding

  • Aquatic species-related measures
    CMM01, 03, 03a, 09, 13, 14a, 14b, 14c
  • Gear-related measures
    CMM08, 17 (CMM03, 14a, 14b, 14c)
  • Vessel-related measures
    CMM04, 05, 06, 07, 11, 12, 15, 19
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    CMM01, 02, 03, 12, 13, 14a, 14b, 14c, 16
Source of Information
SPRFMO. 2023. Report of the eleventh meeting of the Commission, Manta, Ecuador, 13-17 February 2023.  Click to open
SPRFMO. 2023. COMM11–Inf01_rev2, Catch data submitted to the SPRFMO Secretariat. Eleventh meeting of the Commission, Manta, Ecuador, 13-17 February 2023.  Click to open
SPRFMO Annual Commission Meeting Reports  Click to open
SPRFMO Scientific Committee Meeting Reports  Click to open
All references to figures, tables and bibliography in the text are found within the source of information.
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