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South Pacific Exploratory Potting fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
Fishery report 2023
South Pacific Exploratory Potting fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
Owned bySouth Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) – more>>
Fishery life cycleThis fishery started in 2018.

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 Exploratory Potting fishery

Geographic reference:  South Pacific
Spatial Scale: Regional
Reference year: 2020
Approach: Fishery Management Unit

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

Area of Competence:
Maritime Area: High seas

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Spiny lobsters nei; Chaceon geryons nei
Associated Species: Rock lobsters nei
Fishery Area: Southeast Pacific, Southwest Pacific; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Southeast

Fishery Indicators
Nominal Effort: Number of vessels
Production: Catch

Harvested Resource
Type of production system: Exploratory fishery   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Temperate.   Horizontal distribution: Oceanic.   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.   Sea floor physiography: Seamounts.  

The area that the Fishery has to operate within is defined and named (“Foundation Sea mount chain”).  Details for the area are in paragraph 5 (Table 1) of  CMM14b-2020.  

Geo References for: Southeast Pacific, Southwest Pacific
Vessel Type

Flag State
Cook Islands
Fishing Gear
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 1vessels2019
Number of vessels 1vessels2020
ProductionCatch 158tonnes2019
Catch 16tonnes2020
Post Harvest
Fish Utilisation
Human consumption
Management unit: Yes

Jurisdictional framework
Mandate: Scientific Advice; Management; Co-ordination; Monitoring.  
Area of Competence
Maritime Area: High seas.  
Management Regime
Exploratory Fishing for Potting fishery in the SPRFMO Convention Area
Management Methods

Conservation and Management Measures with focus on Catch control, Spawner/Juvenile protection, Social measures, Environment protection - Binding

  • Aquatic species-related measures
    CMMs 09, 14b
  • Gear-related measures
    CMM 14b, 17
  • Vessel-related measures
    CMMs 04, 05, 06, 07, 11, 12, 15, 19
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    CMMs 02, 13, 14b, 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
Summary of fishing activity data to produce fishery catch histories (unpublished; fishery cannot be determined from the annual catch data alone which is reported in COMMXX_Inf01).
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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