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DeepSea 2003

Gaten, Dr E. gat at leicester.ac.uk
Thu Jan 2 06:14:19 EST 2003

Message forwarded from Eidre Sharp-Brewer [Eidre.Sharp-Brewer at fish.govt.nz]

Deep Sea 2003 will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand from 1 -4 December
2003.  It is an International Conference on the Governance and
Management of Deep Sea Fisheries.

The primary stimulus for convening this conference has been the rapid
expansion of fisheries in the deep sea, often in an unregulated and
uncontrolled manner, as advances in technical capacity have enabled
fisheries in these regions to develop.  Further, areas of traditional
deep-sea fisheries are experiencing heavy, if not unsustainable, fishing
mortality and damage to fish habitat is a threat, if not a reality.  

These developments have underlined the scarcity of the information that
is needed to ensure the sustainability of these fisheries and the
inadequacy of the management instruments and legal regimes by which
these resources, which are commonly found on the high seas, can be

It is for such reasons that we believe a Conference is needed to
identify and discuss the issues relating to present and future
governance of continental slope and deep sea demersal fisheries.  

For more information, you can register your interest at the conference
website http://www.deepsea@fish.govt.nz from 1 January 2003.

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