Area-based fisheries management measures (ABFMs)
are geographically defined areas where specific restrictions (such as closures
for specific gears or even all fisheries) are in place to improve the
“Other effective area-based conservation measure” [OECM] means “a geographically defined area, other than a Protected Area, which is
governed and managed in ways that achieve positive and sustained long-term
outcomes for the in-situ conservation of biodiversity, with associated
ecosystem functions and services and, where applicable, cultural, spiritual,
socio–economic, and other locally relevant values” (CBD/COP/DEC/14/8/Annex
There is considerable interest in the scientific community and among
fisheries managers and policy-makers in exploring the extent to which ABFMs may
contribute significantly enough to biodiversity conservation to be identified
as OECMs, and included in States’ reporting of their contribution to global
biodiversity targets and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
WKTOPS has four terms of reference (ToR) which task the workshop to evaluate, through the use of case studies, existing step-wise guidance on whether an ABFM could qualify as an OECM. The guidance will be tested for clarity and efficacy of structuring the evaluation process, for the usefulness of the products in providing a robust scientific evidence base for decision-makers, and documented in a workshop report.
Current candidates for case studies include:
Workshop participants are invited to nominate additional areas, taking into account ICES requirements for metadata standards and transparency.