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South Pacific Exploratory Potting fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
Fishery report 2019
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: 2018
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
Fishery Area: Southeast Pacific, Southwest Pacific; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Southeast

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
Trap setters
Flag State
Cook Islands
Fishing Gear
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
    Bycatch (Seabird/Marine mammal/marine reptile/Sharks), TAC, Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems
  • Vessel-related measures
    Access Control : Vessel size, Vessel type
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    Authorisations, Closed Area, Closed time, Closed season, Gear number, Total Available Catch (TAC)
Source of Information
SPRFMO. 2019. Seventh meeting of the Commission, The Hauge, Netherlands, 23-27 January 2019. COMM 7 – Inf 01_rev2. Catch data submitted to the SPRFMO Secretariat.  Click to open
SPRFMO. 2019. CMM 14b-2019.Conservation and Management Measure for Exploratory Potting Fishery in the SPRFMO Convention Area.  Click to open
SPRFMO. 2018. Report of the sixth meeting of the Scientific Committee, Puerto Varas, Chile, 9-14 September 2018.  Click to open
All references to figures, tables and bibliography in the text are found within the source of information.
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