In the face of these challenges, SEAFO is committed to apply the precautionary approach which dictates that a lack of scientific data and general knowledge of the state of some of these fish stocks necessitates responsible management decisions," said Dr Ben van Zyl, executive secretary of SEAFO.
He added that all contracting parties fishing in the SEAFO Convention Area are complying with the organisation's conservation measures.
Should a member not comply with the SEAFO Convention or Convention Measures, it is placed on the organisation's IUU vessels list as a punitive measure.
In addition, the commission closed a total of 11 sub-areas known or likely to contain vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) in the SEAFO Convention Area to bottom fisheries activities.
SEAFO was established in line with the provisions of the United Nations Law of the Sea and United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement (UNFSA).
En razon de ello, en los ultimos anos, desde la adopcion del Acuerdo, se han creado y acaso reformado, diversas organizaciones regionales de ordenacion pesqueras como: la CCSBT, la CIAT, la CICAA, la CAOI, la NAFO, la CPANE, la SEAFO
, la WCPFC, entre otras, destacandose la recientemente entrada en vigencia SPRFMO u Organizacion Regional de Ordenacion Pesquera del Pacifico Sur, cuyo analisis sera parte del presente trabajo.