Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization


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Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization

An international organization dedicated to managing and conserving fish resources. It also conducts scientific research to accomplish its mission. It is responsible for most fish in the Northwest Atlantic with the exception of marlins, salmon, shellfish, tuna and whales. Twelve countries are members; it was established in 1979.
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Updating the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO)
The Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) adopted a wide range of enhanced measures to protect or rebuild key fish stocks in the Northwest Atlantic and to strengthen protection for vulnerable marine ecosystems.
Regional fishery management organizations established under conventions that affect Arctic fisheries include the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) and its Fisheries Commission, the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization, the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission, the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, and the Norway-Russian Federation Fisheries Commission (Molenaar and Corell, 2009).
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