Jack mackerel capture. (Photo: NOAA)
SPRFMO scientific Committee assesses jack mackerel quotas for 2015
Monday, October 06, 2014, 02:40 (GMT + 9)
Chilean delegates are attending the second meeting of the Scientific Committee of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) held in Honolulu, Hawaii, which ends on Tuesday, 7 October.
The Chilean delegation is composed of representatives of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA), the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP) and Institute for Fisheries Research.
Maria Angela Barbieri, chief of SUBPESCA Fisheries Management Division stressed that Chile's participation in this event is very important.
"The country is an important member of ths RFMO, in which discussions are held on the conservation status of a resource that is really relevant to us as jack mackerel and inputs for its management at the regional level are given," the official explained.
And she added: "Our country has made progress in a number of agreed topics in this Committee, such as the estimation of seabird by-catch mortality rates in fishing operations and the adoption of measures to minimize this effect, and also the analysis of materials associated with bottom fishing in the high seas and the protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems."
Meanwhile, Cristian Canales, IFOP Resource Assessment head, commented that the key idea "is the update of the jack mackerel assessment and diagnosis as well as catch recommendations for 2015, in addition to developing the scheduled work agenda related with complementary research on jack mackerel and bottom fishing."
In this regard, he said that the IFOP "not only contributes to updating important pieces of information for the resource assessment but it will also report on the progress in the estimation of biological reference points (PBR) on the jack mackerel and preliminary evaluation of the capture control rule suggested by the Commission at the last meeting at Manta 2014."
The members of the Committee are: Australia, Belize, Chile, China, Cook Islands, Cuba, the European Union, Denmark, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and Taipei.
It is expected that the conclusions of the meeting will enable the SPRFMO to recommend science-based catch quotas for 2015 to the Member States with a view to doubling the existing jack mackerel biomass within six to eight years.
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