About APEC's Oceans Fisheries Working Group
APEC is an inter-governmental forum of 21 member economies located in the Pacific Rim. Its focus is on supporting and enabling trade that is inclusive and sustainable.
APEC’s Ocean Fisheries Working Group (OFWG) was formed in 2011 with a mission to:
- facilitate free and open trade
- promote sustainable use of fisheries, aquaculture, and marine resources.
One of the OFWG's key work areas is the APEC Roadmap on combatting illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing. This roadmap highlights 6 key action areas that economies should implement to deter and prevent IUU fishing in the Asia-Pacific, with the first step being the implementation of port state measures.
Roadmap on combatting IUU fishing – APEC
The implementation of port state measures workshop
To contribute to the first step on the roadmap, New Zealand hosted a workshop on the implementation of port state measures on 21 and 22 July 2021. This workshop focused on:
- operational aspects of port state measures
- ways that economies can build capacity and the tools available to empower fisheries officers to fight IUU fishing.
- Economic impacts of IUU fishing.
- Compliance with port state measures.
- Significance of port state measures for indigenous communities.
- Emerging technologies to enable port state measures.
- Port state measures implementation in the Pacific.
Workshop agenda and speaker notes [PDF, 854 KB]
Workshop speakers, their presentations, and videos
Due to technical difficulties, the first day of the workshop was not able to be recorded. However, comprehensive notes were taken for both days.
Day 1 implementation of port state measures workshop notes [PDF, 371 KB]
Day 2 implementation of port state measures workshop notes [PDF, 321 KB]
Videos: introduction, panel discussion and recommendations
Day 2 workshop introduction by Patrick English (10.01) – YouTube
Day 2 panel discussion (18.20) – YouTube
Recommendations from the workshop (7.59) – YouTube
Find information about each speaker, and download their presentation slides and watch videos of their talks, if available.