IFF5 Overview

The Fifth International Fishers Forum on Marine Spatial Planning and Managing Fisheries Bycatch (IFF5) was held on August 3-5, 2010 in Taipei. The Forum was co-hosted by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and the Fisheries Agency, Council of Agriculture, Taiwan.

IFF5 brought participants together to improve the sustainability of fish stocks and protected species with which these fisheries interact. The Forum was geared toward commercial fishers, management authorities, experts in marine spatial planning, fishing technology experts, seafood retailer representatives, marine ecologists and fisheries scientists.

The central objective of IFF5 was to bring the fishing industry into the relatively recent dialogue of marine spatial planning and management.  The Forum participants also took stock of progress made during the period of the Forum series in mitigating problematic interactions with sea turtles, seabirds, sharks and marine mammals and provided a forward look through the identification of priority conservation and management areas in need of increased attention to ensure long-term environmental and socioeconomic sustainability.

IFF5 Information in Mandarin

All IFF5 materials will be made available in Mandarin.  Visit the Mandarin website!

Contact

For questions and inquiries regarding IFF5, please contact:

Mr. Hong-Yen Huang, Fisheries Agency, Taiwan, hangyen@ms1.fa.gov.tw

Ms. Asuka Ishizaki, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, asuka.ishizaki@noaa.gov

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