Annual Report 2009



  Contents  Introduction  EECM  Enforcement Workshop  |  RPCM  17th Annual MeetingPeople & Events  |  Appendices 


»  17th Annual Meeting
1. Time and Place of the Meeting
2. Participants
3. Agenda
4. Opening Remarks
5. Consideration of Enforcement
6. Consideration of Scientific     Research & Statistics
7. Administrative & Fiscal Matters
8. News Release
9. Closing Remarks
     United States       
 9 Closing Remarks

The closing remarks from the Parties' Representatives and the President were made as follows:

Closing remarks by Mr. Doug Mecum (United States)

Mr. President, Fellow Representatives and Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The United States congratulates the Parties on a successful 2009 enforcement season in the NPAFC Convention Area.  All Parties were encouraged by the lack of IUU fishing vessel sightings and high seas driftnet fishing activity in the Convention Area.  However, the United States realizes the need to remain vigilant in 2010 and the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will continue to provide enforcement resources at the same level as in 2009 to deter IUU fishing.  We support the use of the Integrated Information System and encourage all Parties to share their enforcement efforts and results in this forum to help improve overall enforcement cooperation in the high threat area in 2010.  We also support Russia’s proposal for increasing future joint patrol efforts and we will be prepared to provide comments and discuss options at the next Enforcement Evaluation and Coordination Meeting in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Salmon catches in the North Pacific Ocean totaled nearly 800,000 metric tons in 2008, representing a high point in contemporary catch trends.  We were pleased to hear from the Russian delegation about its bright outlook for salmon productivity, particularly of pink salmon, and Russia’s ability to take advantage of abundant returns because of investment in research surveys conducted in the western Bering Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk and the western North Pacific.  Japan, too, has continued its salmon research surveys in the western and central North Pacific to index and forecast salmon resources returning to Japan.  The United States intends to continue its survey and research efforts in the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska; and other salmon research activities from Washington to California.  The U.S. BASIS-type research cruises that originally targeted juvenile salmon have moved towards integrated ecosystem studies, and now include sampling of early life stages of ecologically related species.  The United States is also sending its cruises farther north into the Bering Straits and south into the Gulf of Alaska.  We urge all of the Parties to continue their survey efforts and collaborate to leverage the benefits of our collective scientific activities.

CSRS scientists have just completed the Long-term Research and Monitoring Plan (LRMP).   The United States compliments Drs. Richard Beamish and Brian Riddell for their leadership efforts in securing funding and providing overall guidance on the LRMP.  We also thank the Moore Foundation for its support of this project. The LRMP is well presented and balanced across national research perspectives, providing recommendations germane to future salmon research.  Its completion is very timely in that the CSRS is formulating a 5-year science plan for 2011-2015, and recommendations from the LRMP can be incorporated into the new plan.

We note that the NPAFC will conduct a special salmon workshop at the upcoming international symposium on “Climate Change Effects on Fish and Fisheries” to be held in Sendai, Japan, on April 26-29, 2010.  This symposium will gather the best international experts on this important science topic and our NPAFC scientists will surely contribute and learn from the symposium.  Another important conference, entitled “Ecological Interactions between Wild and Hatchery Salmon”, will be held May 4-7, 2010, in Portland, Oregon.  We invite your participation at this conference, as all NPAFC member States have substantial salmon hatchery operations.

We have indeed entered into a long period of congenial scientific collaboration to exchange data and specimens, standardize tagging and stock marking operations, assess the status of our salmon stocks, build comprehensive genetics databases of the major North Pacific salmon and steelhead stocks, and engage in cross placement of our scientists onboard research vessels.  We urge all Parties to build upon our scientific progress and allow our scientists to meet and plan further collaborative research to advance the science of salmon production.

The current economic crisis weighed heavily on the work of the Committee on Finance and Administration (F&A) this week, as it explored ways to economize, and at the same time, increase the efficiency of the Commission’s operations.  The Secretariat has been extremely frugal, making it difficult for the Committee on F&A to find further ways to save the Commission’s money.  The United States remains cautiously optimistic for a speedy economic recovery and hopes that it will be unnecessary for a contraction of the Commission’s enforcement and scientific activities.  Despite advances in technology, it is difficult to build and maintain relationships between our scientists and enforcement representatives without well-supported face-to-face meetings.  Barring unforeseen circumstances, the commitment of the Parties to a dues increase of $35,000 by fiscal year 2010/11 should result in a budget surplus in FY 10/11.  Nevertheless, the United States acknowledges the need to economize wherever possible.

We thank our President, Dr. Suam Kim, and our Committee Chairs, Mr. Paul Steele, Dr. Yukimasa Ishida, and Dr. Sergey Maksimov, and our many CSRS Subcommittee and Working Groups Chairs for their leadership and guidance this week.  We thank all of the participants for the spirit of cooperation, compromise, and friendship that they brought to this meeting.  Without the hard work of our Executive Director, Vladimir Fedorenko, and his staff, this meeting would not have been possible.  Frankly, without Wakako’s explicit travel instructions, half of the U.S. delegation might have ended up in Nagoya rather than Niigata.  As always, we thank the interpreters for allowing us to communicate the business of our Commission.  Finally, we extend our sincere gratitude to Japan for hosting this meeting.  Japan’s hospitality sets the standard for all of the other Parties and this meeting was no exception.  The U.S. delegation truly enjoyed exploring Niigata and sampling its amenities.

On behalf of the United States delegation, I wish you all a safe journey home.  We look forward to seeing you next year at the 18th Annual Meeting of the NPAFC in Busan, Korea.


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