33rd session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries

Represented by Serge Garcia and Despina Symons, EBCD/FEG participated as part of the IUCN delegation in the 33rd session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries, that was held on 9-13 July 2018 in Rome, Italy. Moreover, EBCD/FEG organized a joint side-event on ‘Towards sustainable fisheries: mainstreaming biodiversity – what are …

22nd meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA)

On 2-7 July 2018, the Fisheries Experts Group of the IUCN Commission of Ecosystem Management (IUCN/CEM/FEG) participated in the 22nd meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), that took place in Montreal, Canada. Represented by Serge Garcia, Jake Rice and Despina Symons, FEG members …

Bycatch, conservatory offsets and least-cost biodiversity impact mitigation

Fisheries bycatch management is a central issue in modern fisheries management and biodiversity conservation. Its effective control can be considered under the conventional Biodiversity Impact Mitigation (BIM) hierarchy. Conservatory offsets which, contrary to conventional compensatory offsets used as measure of last resort, constitute an integral part of conservatory measures, can be used …

Fisheries livelihoods, vulnerable ecosystems and MPAs

Protection of vulnerable ecosystems and MPAs interact with fisheries operations, livelihoods and food security. During IMPAC 4, (Chile, September 2017), FAO regional and central offices, REDPARQUES and the IUCN Fisheries Expert Group (IUCN-CEM-FEG) collaborated in organizing two symposia and a side event on these important subjects. The sessions provided opportunities …

Biodiversity mainstreaming: a growing reality

Biodiversity mainstreaming in fisheries is the progressive consideration of biodiversity concerns in fisheries policy and management. During the last three decades, the fishery communities (at FAO, regional or national levels) have incrementally implemented sustainable development and biodiversity conservation principles, both before and after the 1992 adoption of the CBD, progressively …

CBD Sustainable Ocean Initiative- Fostering dialogue for the sustainable use of fisheries resources

On 28 February, MEPs Ricardo Serrão Santos and Alain Cadec, Vice-Chairs of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” brought together the key partners of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) on the Global Dialogue between the Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) and Regional …

The Biodiversity Impact Mitigation (BIM) hierarchy and marine megafauna by-catch management: a bridge between conservation and fisheries

A new conceptual model applying the BIM to bycatch management has been developed by a team lead by Dr Milner-Gulland and colleagues, including Serge M. Garcia and Tony Charles from FEG. The BIM is widely used on land to promote development with No Net Loss (NNL) of biodiversity. The conceptual …

FEG Participation at IMPAC4

Chair of IUCN/CEM/FEG, Mr Serge Garcia along with members Mr. Michael Kasier and Mrs. Despina Symons will actively participate at the 4th International Marine Protected Area Congress, taking place from 4-8 September 2017 in Chile. This major event is held every 3 years and is usually organised by IUCN and …

FEG participation at the UN Ocean Conference

Chair of IUCN/CEM/FEG, Mr Serge Garcia along with members Mr. Jake Rice and Mrs. Despina Symons participated on behalf of FEG at the UN Ocean Conference that took place from 5-9 June in New York. They co-organised and participated in a multitude of events, see below for further information. Rebuilding …

Welcome to a new FEG member!

Professor Michel Kaiser, teacher in Marine Conservation Ecology at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University has just joined the Fisheries Expert Group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (IUCN-CEM-FEG). Professor Kaiser’s competence lies at the interface between conservation and fisheries, the effects of fishing and aquaculture on the …