In response to the 27th session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) and through the Resolution 61/105 of the United Nations General Assembly on sustainable fisheries adopted in 2006, the FAO has begun work to address the establishment of standards and the development of International Guidelines. The technical guidelines include “standards for management and criteria for identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems beyond areas under national jurisdiction and the impacts of fishing activities on such ecosystems, in order to facilitate the adoption and the implementation of conservation and management measures by RFMOs and flag States” as requested by COFI.
In August 2008, the International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-sea Fisheries in the High Seas developed through FAO, were adopted by FAO Members at a Technical Consultation in Rome.
These guidelines provide countries and regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) with a voluntary tool through which to better manage fisheries for sustainable use and to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems.
Guidelines (June 2009)