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Third Meeting of Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean 

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Fourth Meeting of Arctic Fish Stocks

ANNOUNCEMENT: The series of meetings of scientific experts on fish Stocks in the central Arctic Ocean was initiated in 2011 in response to requests for support for diplomatic discussions on an international agreement to control commercial fishing in areas outside the territorial waters of the five Arctic coastal states, which is known as the High Seas of the central Arctic. The first meeting was hosted by the United States in Anchorage, Alaska and the second meeting was hosted by Norway in Tromsø.

THE ARCTIC COASTAL STATES (the Kingdom of Norway, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Canada, and the Kingdom of Denmark) convened the third scientific meeting on Arctic fish stocks in Seattle, Washington (April 14 – 16, 2015), to identify ongoing Arctic research and monitoring activities,and to continue the process of developing the scientific information necessary to support the development of an international agreement on fishing in the Arctic in areas outside the territorial waters of the five Arctic coastal states.  The terms of reference for the third meeting were the result of discussions among the Arctic coastal states in Nuuk, Greenland, February 2014. The 2014 meeting in Nuuk reaffirmed that, although commercial fishing in the high seas area of the central Arctic Ocean appears unlikely to occur in the near future, the state of currently available scientific information needs to be improved in order to reduce the substantial uncertainties associated with Arctic fish stocks.

Participants included scientific and policy personnel from governmental and non-governmental institutions. The representatives from scientific institutions in the Arctic coastal states were joined by those from other nations conducting Arctic research (China, Japan, Korea, Iceland).  In addition, participation included members from international Arctic research organizations (International Arctic Science Committee, Sustained Arctic Observing Network, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)), the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), the Ecosystem Approach Expert Group of the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group of the Arctic Council, and US domestic Arctic research organizations (the US Arctic Research Commission and the North Pacific Research Board).

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