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Hosting an International Workshop of Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean
by Canada (Government)
Current knowledge of the marine ecosystems in the central Arctic Ocean is very limited. Uncertainty remains with respect to fish species distribution and abundance, northern colonization by fish species and its effects on ecosystems, and the ecosystem effects of fishing in this region. The effects of climate change and ocean acidification on the oceanography and primary productivity of the Arctic Ocean are also unknown. Four meetings have been held since 2011 of the Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean to work towards improving the state of knowledge of the marine ecosystems and the fish species of the central Arctic ocean, an area of high seas for which an agreement to prevent unregulated fishing is currently being negotiated. As part of the draft agreement, negotiating States plan to cooperate on research and science to gain better knowledge of fish stocks and their ecosystems in the Central Arctic Ocean.

Canada will be hosting the 5th meeting of scientific experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean in Ottawa, Canada in October 2017 with the aim of finalizing a draft framework for implementation of a Joint Program of Scientific Research and Monitoring for the Central Arctic Ocean. Implementation of the proposed Joint Program of Scientific Research and Monitoring for the Central Arctic Ocean will improve the state of knowledge and provide the baseline data needed to support informed decision making regarding any future fisheries management measures for the area.
Progress reports
14.4
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
14.a
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Scientific cooperation
October 2017
Hosting the 5th meeting of scientific experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean
Financing (in USD)
22,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
As host country, Canada will be funding the attendance of Canadian experts to contribute to discussions at this workshop.
Staff / Technical expertise
As host country, Canada will be providing a co-chair to the workshop.
Basic information
Time-frame: October 2017 - October 2017
Partners
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Bronwyn Keatley, Science Advisor, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bronwyn.keatley@dfo-mpo.gc.ca, 613-286-6067
Ottawa, Canada
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