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
     President       
     Special Guest
     United States       
     Canada       
     Korea       
     Russia       
     Japan       
     Observers - FAO
                       PICES
                       PSC
                       Taiwan
5. Consideration of Enforcement
6. Consideration of Scientific     Research & Statistics
7. Administrative & Fiscal Matters
8. News Release
9. Closing Remarks
 
 4 Opening Remarks
   
There were addresses of welcome and statements by the NPAFC President, Deputy Director General of Japan Fisheries Agency, representatives of the United States, Canada, Korea, Russia, Japan and observers from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC), and Taiwan.
 

Dr. Suam Kim, President of NPAFC, addressed the meeting as follows:

Distinguished delegates, advisors, observers, ladies and gentlemen,

As President of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission I welcome all of you to the 17th Annual Meeting of the Commission. On behalf of the entire NPAFC community, I would like to thank both the Japanese Authorities and the local organisers for hosting this years meeting in this beautiful city of Niigata. I realized that people here have maintained a close relationship with chum salmon for a long time historically and culturally.

 

17th Annual Meeting
Niigata, Japan, 2009
Photo by M. Ezure

I also want to express my gratitude to the Executive Director and his staff members. Mr. Fedorenko, Dr. Urawa, Ms. Morris and Ms. McGrann-Pavlovic have worked hard throughout the year, and, especially, our Secretariat staff has spent a lot of time and efforts since the summer in preparing and organizing this Annual Meeting. I really appreciate their devotion.

Since the last Annual Meeting in Seattle, the committees of our Commission have carried out a number of international activities. The CSRS opened the BASIS Symposium at Seattle in November, and the EECM had a workshop for operational personnel at Fukuoka, Japan, in February. Both meetings were very successful. A group of salmon specialists met to complete the report of the Long-term Research and Monitoring Plan, and the patrol activities in 2009 were effectively executed by the member nations. In conjunction with other international organizations, our workshop proposal to the PICES/ICES/FAOs climate change Symposium in Sendai, Japan, next April has been accepted, and a cooperative framework on conservation measures with the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission is progressing. You will hear of the all successful stories from the committee Chairmens reports during this coming week.

In my closing remarks at the last Annual Meeting, I mentioned that the NPAFC is one of the leading organizations in world fisheries, and expressed the hope that our reputation continues. The American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB) recognized the NPAFC international activities on Pacific salmon, such as the BASIS program, and nominated us for the AIFRB Outstanding Group Achievement Award for 2010. The contribution from every member of our organization makes it possible to get such an honourable award, and I would like to share this honour with all of you.

As you know, the objective of the Convention is to promote the conservation of anadromous stocks. Though our achievements in science and conservation of Pacific salmon during the last several decades have been very successful, I believe there are still many significant challenges remain in order to reach the ultimate goal of our organization. We have to refine the network of monitoring and control systems against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. In addition to the systematically well-controlled measures on illegal fishing, we need to consider ways to preserve the habitats and the species including ecologically related species. The issues of climate change impact, ecosystem-based management, and artificial enhancement will be important for our Convention in the next decades. The most urgent thing we are facing is in fostering young scientists who will dedicate their lives to solving the above mentioned problems. We should put forth more encouragement and effort for transforming our salmon scientists into global leaders in fishery science and management. I hope we can progress in this matter in the coming week.

Finally, I really regret to report that Mr. Imamura and Guy Beaupré are leaving the NPAFC this year. Their devotion and contribution to the NPAFC have been great. They have acted as one of the Japanese and Canadian Commissioners for a long period, and served as the NPAFC Presidents.  We will miss them, and remember their wisdom whenever we meet difficult questions to answer in our business.

Again, I would like to welcome all of you to this 17th Annual Meeting, and wish that you have an excellent and fruitful week.

Thank you.

 

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