Regional Fisheries Management Organizations
Under international law, countries are required to cooperate to manage high seas, straddling and highly migratory fish stocks. The main purpose of regional fisheries management organizations is to manage, conserve and protect these fish stocks within the mandate of their respective convention. Canada is playing a recognized leadership role in strengthening organizations through implementing greater enforcement and more accountable decision making, and developing global norms on responsible fishing.
Why is Canada a member of regional fisheries management organizations?
As Canada is surrounded by three oceans, effective relations and collaboration with international partners is essential to managing shared fisheries. Canada is working with other countries and entities to lead regional fisheries management organizations towards a sustainable, science-based management approach that will ensure the sustainability of fisheries for future generations.
To which organizations is Canada a member?
- Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO)
- Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)
- International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
- North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO)
- North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC)
- Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
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