The United Kingdom has been announced as the 6th Contracting Member to the NEAFC
The United Kingdom has become the 6th Contracting Party of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission.
The North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) is the Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) for the North East Atlantic. The area covered by the NEAFC Convention stretches from the southern tip of Greenland, east to the Barents Sea, and south to Portugal. It is one of the most abundant fishing areas in the world.
The objectives of NEAFC is to ensure the long-term conservation and optimum utilisation of the fishery resources in the Convention Area, providing sustainable economic, environmental and social benefits. To this end, NEAFC adopts management measures for various fish stocks and control measures to ensure that they are properly implemented. NEAFC also adopts measures to protect other parts of the marine ecosystem from potential negative impacts of fisheries.
The UK has become a contracting party to NEAFC after its exit from the European Union, which was it’s previous representative body, and its entry into the sphere as an independent coastal state.
In the letter to the UK, Jacques Verborgh announced the UK’s accession and writing:
The United Kingdom has become the sixth Contracting Party to NEAFC, joining the existing Contracting Parties: Denmark (in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland), the European Union, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation.
I am very pleased to inform you that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has acceded to CONVENTION ON FUTURE MULTILATERAL COOPERATION IN NORTHEAST ATLANTIC FISHERIES as of 7th October 2020.
By the deposit of its instrument of accession, the United Kingdom has successfully completed the accession process laid down in the Article 20 of the Convention.
In its application, the United Kingdom had reaffirmed its commitment to its international obligations relating to the conservation and management of fish stocks.
Moreover, I have noted that the United Kingdom Government is committed to the effective implementation of the Convention and binding recommendations adopted in accordance with its terms.
I am sure we all look forward to the valuable contribution the United Kingdom will provide to our Organisation.
On behalf of the NEAFC Commission, a warm welcome to the United Kingdom and its distinguished Representatives!