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South Pacific SPRFMO high seas fisheries
Fishery  Fact Sheet
Fishery report 2018
South Pacific SPRFMO high seas fisheries
Fact Sheet Citation  
Owned bySouth Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) – more>>
Fishery life cycleThis fishery started in 2012.

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 high seas fisheries

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: Chilean jack mackerel; Jumbo flying squid; Orange roughy …  

Associated Species: Pacific chub mackerel; Pomfrets, ocean breams nei; Driftfishes nei …  

Fishery Area: South Pacific; SPRFMO area of competence

Harvested Resource
Type of production system: Artisanal; Semi-industrial; Industrial   

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
Target Species
Vessel Type
Purse seiners
Stern trawlers
Jigger vessels
Stern trawlers wet-fish
Flag State
Korea, Republic of
Russian Federation
New Zealand
Environmental limitations

El niño
Post Harvest
Fish Utilisation
Human consumption, canned, fish meal
Management unit: Yes

Jurisdictional framework
Mandate: Scientific Advice; Management; Co-ordination; Monitoring.  
Area of Competence
Maritime Area: High seas.  
Management Regime
Related Fisheries - Fishing activity(ies) managed under the same management unit or being ruled by the same fishing agreement
South Pacific Exploratory toothfish fishery - South Pacific
South Pacific Exploratory potting fishery - South Pacific

High Seas managed species in the SPRFMO Convention Area
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
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    CMM01, 02, 03, 12, 13, 14a, 14b, 14c
Source of Information
SPRFMO. 2018. Report of the sixth meeting of the Scientific Committee, Puerto Varas, Chile, 9-14 September 2018.  Click to open
SPRFMO Conservation and Management Measures  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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