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Public Seminar: The South Pacific Fisheries Regime: Challenges, Problems and Prospects

Dr Howard Schiffman

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Date: Tuesday 20 April 2010

Venue: L.G.04 - L Block, University of Waikato

Time: 11am - 12pm


The new South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) is the latest is a long line of international organizations responsible for the conservation and management of living ocean resources. While this new player demonstrates some potential as a more effective steward of fisheries, it faces some important challenges. Most notably, the SPRFMO continues the use of bottom-trawling to harvest dwindling stocks of orange roughy. Proceeding from an international legal and policy perspective, this presentation analyses the SPRFMO in the context of other regional fisheries management organisations, discusses its ongoing challenges and potential for success.

Howard Schiffman is a Senior US Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at Waikato University Faculty of Law. His Fulbright research examines the development of the new South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. He is on the faculty of the New York University Environmental Conservation Education graduate Programme and is former Clinical Associate Professor of Global Affairs at NYU. He has taught public international law, international dispute settlement, international environmental law and environmental debates.