Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 07/2008

Recommended Best Practices for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations: Technical Study No. 1 -- Regional Fisheries Management Organizations: Progress in Adopting the Precautionary Approach and Ecosystem-Based Management

Marjorie L Mooney-Seus, Andrew A Rosenberg

October 2007

Chatham House


The intent of this report is to provide a brief summary and review of the various approaches, operational benchmarks (process, methodology or reference points) and best practices exhibited by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) in addressing the conservation and management of the resources and associated ecosystems under their management. This accepts that RFMOs vary in the extent to which environmental issues are explicitly included as a responsibility in the agreements or conventions that established them.