International Calls For Action

Below are three international calls to action or statements that highlight the significant need to ensure fish aggregations are studied and managed

 

2006
International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) meeting in Mexico: ICRI statement on Coral Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations 
 

The recommendation urges governments to establish sustainable management programmes for sustaining and protecting reef fish and their spawning aggregations, including a range of spatial and seasonal measures that can be adapted to local needs and circumstances. Further the recommendation requests international and regional fisheries management organizations as well as non-governmental organizations to take action to promote and facilitate the conservation and management of fish spawning aggregations, including by raising awareness of the long term ecological, economical and societal values of spawning aggregations and in respect of their high vulnerability to uncontrolled fishing.

 

ICRI encourages ICRI Operational Networks and Members, as well as other inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to contribute, as appropriate, to the implementation of the recommendation through appropriate projects, initiatives and campaigns that promote the conservation and sustainable management of reef fish spawning aggregations.

 

 
2004

The IUCN World Conservation Congress at its 3rd Session in Bangkok, Thailand, 17–25 November 2004: (Rec 3.100, p.115 Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations)

1. URGES governments to establish sustainable management programmes for sustaining and protecting reef fish and their spawning aggregations, including a range of spatial and seasonal measures that can be adapted to local needs and circumstances; and

2. REQUESTS international and regional fisheries management organizations as well as non-governmental organizations to take action to promote and facilitate the conservation and  management of fish spawning aggregations, including by raising awareness of the longterm ecological, economical and societal values of spawning aggregations.

 

 

1995
FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries Article 6.8 of the General Principles calls for:

6.8 All critical fisheries habitats in marine and fresh water ecosystems, such as wetlands, mangroves, reefs, lagoons, nursery and spawning areas, should be protected and rehabilitated as far as possible and where necessary. Particular effort should be made to protect such habitats from destruction, degradation, pollution and other significant impacts resulting from human activities that threaten the health and viability of the fishery resources.