Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM)

Ecosystem Approach to Management of Fisheries (EAFM) and Other Marine Resources Fully Applied

  • Chairperson: Solomon Islands
  • Vice Chair: Timor-Leste

The EAFM Working Group is composed of the following sub-themes: EAFM, IUU, Tuna, COASTFISH and LRFFT.

The achievement of EAFM working group are:

  1. Completed its EAFM Framework
  2. Developed its M&E indicators
  3. Completed its TOR
  4. Started conducting EAFM trainings at the regional and local level
  5. Countries have adopted the EAFM training module and some are conducting their own trainings nation-wide
  6. Collaborated with the Regional IUU
  7. Member countries have strengthened their fisheries policies and legislations
  8. Initiated discussions on tuna management, protection and governance
  9. Developed a roadmap to achieve the targets of Goal 2 of the RPOA
  10. Developed a resolution on LRFFT and conducted a consultative forum on LRFFT
  11. Conducted regular call meetings
  12. Conducted 3 Regional Exchanges
  13. Conducted 5 TWG meetings

Regular call meetings are hosted by WWF-Coral Triangle Program and they also provide technical assistance particularly on the following themes: Fishers Forum and Tuna workshop. The WG is now initiating activities to develop the regional framework for the CTI COASTFISH Initiative with focus on livelihoods linked to EAFM. Moreover, technical support is also provided to the EAFM WG by the other partners such as SEAFDEC, USAID through the Oceans project, and NOAA.

The story behind the picture:

The photo was taken during Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape EAFM Implementation Planning Meeting in June 2-5, 2015. The EAFM Working Group and CTI-CFF Development Partners convened to formulate an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) plan for the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape to tackle the key issues on unsustainable exploitation of fisheries, largely due to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and habitat loss, the participants identified specific goals for each of the three components of the EAFM: Human Well-being (Socioeconomic), Ecological Well-being, and Good Governance. The meeting resulted a vision for the future of the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape: By 2035, the Sulu-Sulawesi is a marine eco-region that is ecologically healthy and delivers ecosystem services that provide equitable socio-economic and cultural benefits through generations, by collaborative and sustainable fisheries management across all political and cultural boundaries.