January 26 -28 Compliance and Technical Committee Meeting
January 30 – February 3 SPRFMO Commission Meeting

Meeting Venue: JW MARRIOTT HOTEL LIMA | See more information about booking at: Venue

Shuttle service will be available to transport delegates staying in Courtyard to the JW Marriott every day of the sessions (Jan 26, 27, 28, 30 and 31; Feb 1, 2 and 3). This mobility will leave the Courtyard at 8:00 hours and will be at the JW Marriott ready for return since 18:00 hours.

The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) is an intergovernmental organization whose establishment was initiated in 2006 through a consultation process that facilitated cooperation among States to address the gap in the conservation and International management of non-migratory fisheries and the protection of biodiversity in the marine environment in the high seas of the South Pacific Ocean.   On November 2009, the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean was adopted, which is Treaty that constitutes the SPRFMO. Subsequently, in accordance with its Article 38, the Convention entered into force on August 24, 2012, and the first meeting of the Commission was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from January 28 to February 1, 2013.   The SPRFMO Commission has currently 15 Members from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania:

 Australia  People’s Republic of China  Republic of Korea  New Zealand  Republic of Peru  Republic of Ecuador  Chinese Taipei  Republic of Vanuatu

 Republic of Chile  European Union  Kingdom of Denmark in respect of the Faroe Islands  Cook Islands  Republic of Cuba  Russian Federation  The United States of America

Likewise Cooperating non-Contracting Parties (CNCPs) are:

 Republic of Liberia

 Republic of Panama

Source: SPRFMO

The SPRFMO aims to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of fishery resources and, in doing so, safeguard the marine ecosystems in which these resources exist through the application of the precautionary approach and the ecosystem approach to management fishery.   The Convention applies to waters of the Pacific Ocean beyond areas of national jurisdiction in accordance with international law, it confers about a quarter of the high seas of the Earth. SPRFMO has published a map that describes the area of application in accordance with the legal terms in Article 5 of the Convention, that specifies it is for informational purposes only, has no legal status and does not form part of the text of the Convention.

The Organisation consists of a Commission and a number of subsidiary bodies. New Zealand is the Depositary for the SPRFMO Convention and hosts the SPRFMO Secretariat in Wellington.

The Organisation shall consist of:

  1. Commission
  2. Compliance and Technical Committee
  3. Western Sub-regional Management Committee
  4. Secretariat
  5. Scientific Committee
  6. Eastern Sub-regional Management Committee
  7. Finance and Administration Committee

Likewise, according to necessity, the Commission may establish any other subsidiary body in accordance with article 9, paragraph 1, of the Convention.

Source: IMARPE

The SPRFMO defines fishery resources as all fish caught in the Convention Area, including molluscs, crustaceans, and other living marine resources as decided by the Commission; But excluding:

Source: IMARPE

  • Sedentary species in so far as they are subject to the national jurisdiction of coastal States pursuant to Article 77 paragraph 4 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
  • Highly migratory species listed in Annex I of the UNCLOS.
  • Anadromous and catadromous species.
  • Marine mammals, marine reptiles and sea birds.

The main commercial fishery resources in the SPRFMO area are Jack mackerel (Trachurus murphyi), and jumbo flying squid (Dosidicus gigas) in the Southeast Pacific and, to a much lesser degree, deep-sea species often associated with seamounts in the Southwest Pacific. At present the SPRFMO has only adopted conservation and management measures for the Jack mackerel fishery on the high seas, including the establishment of the total allowable catch.

The Peruvian government has participated responsibly and actively both during the formal consultations process that led to the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation, as from the entry into force of the Convention. The Republic of Peru by Supreme Decree No. 071-2015-RE ratifies the approval of the “Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean”, a treaty constituting the SPRFMO, which was deposited on December 22, 2015. So the indicated Convention entered into force for our country on January 21, 2016, date from which the Peru adheres to the SPRFMO as a full member, with voice and vote.

Source: IMARPE

At the Fifth Meeting of the SPRFMO Commission, held from January 18 – 22, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia, the Commission accepted the formal offer from the Peruvian government to host the Sixth Annual Meeting of the SPRFMO Commission in the city of Lima, Peru. It should be noted that in Fifth the Meeting Mr. Hector Soldi Soldi, Vice Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Ministry of Production, was elected as Commission Vice-Chairperson of the SPRFMO for a period of two years.

Source: IMARPE

Source: IMARPE

The importance of the SPRFMO Commission Meetings is that are the gap to evaluate and discuss the information generated by the SPRFMO subsidiary bodies, such as the Scientific Committee in relation of the status of straddling resources and the high seas considering the scope of The Convention including the jack mackerel (T. murphyi) and jumbo flying squid (D. gigas), which are of interest to Peru. The Meeting also adopted conservation and management measures to ensure the preservation and sustainable exploitation of fishery resources and their marine ecosystems.

The Ministry of Production by Supreme Resolution No. 005-2017-PRODUCE, declared of national interest the organisation and implementation of the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Commission of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization and its associated meetings, which will be held in the city of Lima from January 26 to February 3, 2018.   In addition a Working Group was established by Ministerial Resolution No. 226-2017-PRODUCE, with the aim of preparing, organizing and coordinating the Sixth Meeting SPRFMO Commission and the Compliance and Technical Committee Meeting. These working group is chaired by the Vice Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Ministry of Production and composed of officials from the Ministry of Production, Peruvian Institute of the Sea, National Society of Fisheries, and National Society of Industries.   The aforementioned Working Group under the Technical Secretariat of the General Direction of Policy and Regulatory Analysis in Fisheries and Aquaculture of PRODUCE, was installed and become operational on June 2, 2017. It manages and coordinates in a collaborative manner both the technical and scientific aspects related to the national position in accordance to the meetings, and the logistical and administrative aspects to the holding of the meetings.

Source: IMARPE