Source: DG MARE
Under the leadership of the EU Delegation, the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO) adopted a number of conservation and management measures at its 9th Annual session held in Busan, Republic of Korea, on 3-7 December 2012.
A new system of Observation, Inspection, Compliance and Enforcement extending and consolidating current rules are a very positive outcome which also moves towards a harmonisation with practices undertaken by other RMFOs. The only outstanding element for a comprehensive system, namely the “inspection at sea” programme will be tackled next year. This can be seen as another positive step in the on-going fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).
SEAFO also adopted an EU/Norwegian co-sponsored proposal regarding dispute settlements which follows up on a performance review recommendation and brings more clarity to this process.