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Bringing fisheries sustainability into the High Seas:The case of the Atlantic South West (FAO41)

Took place in Madrid, Wednesday 18th of september 2019

The FarFish project facilitated a workshop titled “Bringing fisheries sustainability into the High Seas: The case of the Atlantic South West (FAO41) in Madrid on the 18th of September 2019. The goal of the workshop was to explore the priorities and challenges for a sustainable fisheries management in the Atlantic South West, comprising Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ). The workshop was held in the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and was attended by selected international experts and representatives from the industry, scientist and policy makers.

The Workshop agenda can be seen below, and a summary report is available here.


  • 08.45 Registration
  • 09.00 Welcome [Isabel Artime García, General Director of Fisheries Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – MAPA]
  • 09.15 FarFish project. Goals for the meeting [Rosa Chapela, Head of Fisheries Socioeconomic Department, CETMAR]
  • 09.30 Tour the table. Introduction of the participants

Session I. Policy and Regulatory Changes in the High Seas: initiatives from national and international administrations in FAO41

  • 09.45 Tales of adaptation on European distant water fleet in the Atlantic High Seas [Sébastien Metz, CEO Sakana Consultants]
  • 10.10 International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-Sea Fisheries in the High Seas and its effect on international and national legislations [William Emerson, Coordinator of the Common Oceans ABNJ Project, Food and Agriculture Organization – FAO]
  • 10.35 Ongoing actions from the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) in non-EU-waters [Pedro Galache, European Fisheries Control Agency – EFCA]
  • 11.00 Coffee-break

Session II. Advancing the priorities for the High Seas-FAO 41 [Round Table Discussion]

  • 11.30 Introduction [Marta Ballesteros-CETMAR]
  • 11.35 Management recommendations addressed by FarFish for the Atlantic South West [Sonia Doblado– FarFish project- LDAC]
  • 12.00 Round-table discussion: analysing the management recommendations and suggesting new proposals [Marta Ballesteros-CETMAR]
  • 13.50 Wrap up [Alexandre Rodriguez, Executive Secretary-LDAC]
  • 14.05 Next Steps and closing [Rosa Chapela – CETMAR]
  • 14.15 Lunch