Round table Conference on measures against IUU fishing
Trondheim, Norway August 7th 2006
The Round table Conference was hosted by Ms. Helga Pedersen, Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs
of Norway, in Trondheim, Norway, on August 7th 2006. The Conference was attended by the Minister of
Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries of Portugal, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development
and Fisheries of Morocco, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Affairs of Sweden, the Minister
for Environment and Rural Affairs, Scottish Executive, the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Food,
Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Germany. Iceland was represented by its Ambassador to Norway.
The Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare, UK, and the European Commission were
represented by senior fisheries officials.
Ms Pedersen underlined the value of this ministerial conference in strengthening a common understanding
of the main priorities for action in fisheries and oceans issues regarding measures against IUU fishing. [i]
Eliminating IUU fishing
The participants stressed that IUU fishing is nothing short of theft from legitimate fishermen which
undermines conservation and management of fish stocks and the economic benefits for the legitimate users
of the resources. This is a practise which despite sustained efforts to end it, remains widespread both in
areas under national jurisdiction and on the high seas.
They reiterated their full commitment to implement agreed conservation and management measures. They
deeply regretted that some vessels continue to break the rules established by Regional Fisheries
Management Organisations (RFMOs). Appropriate sanctions must be applied on a non-discriminatory basis
against vessels infringing those measures in order to secure full compliance and thus deprive offenders of
the benefits accruing from IUU fishing.
The participants stressed the value of continuing cooperative efforts to combat IUU fishing in particular
through closer cooperation between relevant RFMOs. They agreed on the need to improve the
implementation of monitoring and control measures, and to draw attention to any fishing behaviour that
undermines the conservation measures of RFMOs.
Furthermore, they noted the need for RFMOs to build common databases and exchange information to
improve transparency on quotas, catches and landing data in accordance with national legislation.
Therefore each country and other competent parties should be willing to give data on catches, landings and
transhipment of fish to the relevant RFMO. They also recognised the importance of improving bilateral
cooperation with respect to monitoring, control and surveillance.
The participants noted the outcome of the High Seas Task Force (HSTF) on IUU fishing and agreed to
examine its recommendations with a view to joining in appropriate activities. They also appreciated the
efforts to date of the International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Network (MCS Network).
Furthermore, they agreed to increase awareness of the detrimental effects of doing business with vessels
engaged in IUU fishing. They stressed the need to identify marketing and sales routes of fish derived from
IUU activities with a view to taking appropriate action.
The participants were in agreement that flag States should not authorise their vessels to fish unless the
State fully exercises its obligations under international law to control the activities of these vessels when
fishing both on the high seas and in areas under national fisheries jurisdiction.
They also agreed to look further at future activities on strengthening Port State Control, through the
development of a legally binding instrument as advised by the 2006 United Nations Fish Stock Agreement
(UNFSA) Review Conference, and to consider the potential for a comprehensive regional scheme for Port
State control, based on the FAO model.
Actions envisaged
The participants agreed on the need for taking actions, including the following:
denying IUU vessels access to ports and provisions as well as any other form of support;
preventing the marketing of fish caught by IUU vessels;
ensuring that sanctions in all jurisdictions are sufficient to deter nationals and beneficiaries from
engaging in IUU fishing;
improving traceability of products to prevent access of illegally caught fish to legal markets;
improving cooperation in control to counteract IUU activities;
coordinating efforts to ensure compliance by non-contracting parties;
continuing the work of strengthening and modernising RFMOs, including governance and
compliance, taking into account the outcomes of the current HSTF model RFMO work;
incorporating the outcome of the 2006 UNFSA Review Conference in national policies;
increasing efforts to conclude agreements on the management of unregulated fish stocks;
increasing cooperation among RFMOs on lists of confirmed IUU vessels to establish a list of these
vessels so that all RFMOs can take appropriate action against them;
to assist developing countries to establish appropriate mechanisms to combat IUU fishing.
Helga Pedersen,
Mohand Laenser,
Minister of Fisheries and
Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries
of Morocco
Coastal Affairs of Norway
Jaime Silva,
Ross Finnie,
Minister of Agriculture, Rural
Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs, Scottish
Development and Fisheries of Portugal
Ann-Christin Nykvist,
Gert Lindemann,
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Affairs State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Food,
of Sweden
Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Germany
Stefán Skjaldarson,
Darius Campbell, DEFRA
Iceland's Ambassador to Norway
on behalf of The Minister for Local Environment, Marine
Animal Welfare, UK
Constantin Alexandrou,
Special Adviser, DG Fisheries,
European Commission