Global fishing effort is unsustainable and “… leading inexorably to an impending crisis for global marine fisheries.” This seminar argues that the primary cause of this impending crisis is the failure of States to transparently and equitably distribute the ‘conservation burden’, and thereby enable the adoption of sufficiently strong measures to reduce overfishing to sustainable levels and remove overcapacity. Given current levels of overfishing, conservation measures are required that reduce fishing mortality. Such conservation measures will distribute a burden of conservation reductions on some or all participating States. Depending upon their structure, conservation measures will impact directly and indirectly on various participants: reducing benefits for some; limiting opportunities for others; and protecting or even increasing benefits for some participants.
The seminar will discuss a new approach to distributing the conservation burden in trans-boundary fisheries, and explores this approach in the world’s largest tuna fishery: the tropical tuna fisheries of the Western and Central Pacific. Regional governments should consider developing decision making frameworks that enable existing scientific processes to determine the necessary extent of conservation measures, while a new transparent methodology would then determine the implementation of the measure and its impact on each member. Such an approach would enable governments to transparently ensure that conservation burden distributions are consistent with international obligations.
About the speaker
Associate Professor Quentin Hanich leads the Fisheries Governance Research Program at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong and consults for various international organisations and national governments on fisheries governance and marine conservation in the Pacific islands region. He has a strong research and consulting background, and extensive project management experience in fisheries governance, marine conservation, and fisheries management and development. He has worked widely throughout the Asia Pacific region, and is currently leading a 4 year community fisheries management project in Kiribati.
Associate Professor Hanich has a passionate interest in ocean governance and leads an international research partnership studying innovative approaches to distributing fisheries conservation reductions across multiple States. In addition to his research and project activities, he has chaired international working groups at treaty meetings, facilitated inter-governmental workshops, advised Ministerial meetings and national delegations. He also lectures and writes on oceans governance, international fisheries, marine conservation, and fisheries development in the Asia Pacific region.