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Fifth Meeting of Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean,
5th FiSCAO

November/December 2016 Torshaven, Faroe Islands, Statement
Terms of Reference
Meeting Agenda and Presentations
Fifth Meeting of Arctic Fish Stocks
Fourth Meeting of Arctic Fish Stocks
FiSCAO Bibliography 11/17
Arctic cod seek refuge on an ice ledge in the Canada Basin, Arctic Ocean. Photo by Elizabeth Siddon, NOAA Fisheries.

Historic Agreement on Arctic High Seas Fishing November 30, 2017; Chair's Statement

Read the Chairs’ Statement from the 5th Meeting (Issued November 24, 2017)

Scientific experts on fish stocks in the central Arctic Ocean from the Kingdom of Norway, the United States of America, Canada, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Iceland, the European Union, and the international scientific organizations ICES and PICES, met October 24-26, 2017, in Ottawa, Canada, to develop information supporting diplomatic negotiations to prevent unregulated commercial fishing on the High Seas of the central Arctic Ocean. The diplomatic negotiations are building on the precedent of the 2015 Oslo Accord in which the five nations with waters adjacent to the central Arctic Ocean agreed to interim measures to prevent commercial fishing in the High Seas. The 5th FiSCAO built on discussions and products of four prior scientific meetings that were requested by the diplomatic process. The websites for the 3rd FiSCAO (April 2015) and 4th FiSCAO (September 2016) host the reports for meetings one through four and additional background information, including presentations made at the meetings and national reports on Arctic research activities.

The terms of reference for the fifth meeting resulted from discussions among the 10 Parties in Tórshavn, The Faroe Islands, from November 29-December 1, 2016. The November/December 2016 meeting of the 10 Parties reaffirmed their commitment to prevent unregulated commercial High Seas fishing in the central Arctic Ocean, as well as a commitment to promote the conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources and to safeguard healthy marine ecosystems in the central Arctic Ocean. The Chairman’s statement from the Tórshavn meeting indicates the need for future scientific collaboration on this topic.

Meeting participants 5th FiSCAO, October 24 – 26, 2017, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.



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