The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) is responsible for a vast area covering almost a quarter of all high seas areas in the world. Dr Johanne Fischer is the Executive Secretary based at its headquarter in Wellington, New Zealand.





This young organisation is in the process of developing its management scheme.

The indicative area of high seas under its management is shown below.

She speaks to us about the threats to the ocean and what can be done about them.


She notes that perhaps less than five percent of fisheries catches globally are made in the high seas and that consequently the overwhelming majority of catches are made in coastal waters and over continental shelves.

She thinks that ocean protection has made progress through the entering into force of the Law of the Sea Convention and the adoption of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing.

But she also observes that effective protection and sustainable use hinges of engagement of coastal communities.

Click here for the full interview on the Mundus maris channel.