International accord to protect deep-sea species

According to the government of New Zealand it is worked hard in achieving the successful agreement of guidelines on limiting the impact of deep water fishing on fragile fisheries and habitats. Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton explained that sixty nine countries, including New Zealand, participated in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisations two-year negotiation process leading up to the acceptance of the guidelines last week.

It is said that New Zealand Fisheries Ministry international manager Jane Willing chaired the successful negotiations. She informed that the agreement lays out guidelines that fishing nations should use when operating in high-seas areas outside of the national waters, where many deep sea fisheries are located. She continued saying that as the agreement states, deep-sea areas need to be rigorously managed to identify and protect vulnerable ecosystems.

It is told that the agreement provides a range of guidance on the sustainable use of deep sea fisheries, which includes fishing nations assessing fishing by their fleets to determine its impact. It is true that the place where significant adverse impact on vulnerable ecosystems happened have ceased the deep sea fishing. Conservation and management measures should be in accordance to achieve the sustainable use and long-term conservation of deep sea fish stocks.

Jim Anderton said the New Zealand delegation was to the fore of the negotiations for the agreement. He told that their delegates’ participation and influence in the agreement was considerable and showed the immense commitment we have made to the conservation of our own deep seas ecosystems.