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The Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (Nafo)

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The North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (hereafter 'NEAFC' or 'the Fisheries Commission') was established through the 1980 Convention on Future Multilateral Co-operation in North-East Atlantic Fisheries (Art. 3(1)). The Fisheries Commission may adopt recommendations for all fishery resources of the Convention Area, except for large sea mammals, sedentary species, highly migratory species and anadromous stocks (Art. 1(2)). The Principles to be applied by the NEAFC include the precautionary approach and an obligation to take into account the impact of fisheries on other species and on the ecosystem, and where necessary adopt measures to minimize the harmful impacts. The Fisheries Commission may adopt recommendations for control and enforcement measures on the high seas of the Convention Area (Art. 8(1)).

Keywords: convention area; Fish Stocks Agreement; North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC)

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