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History of the ICES Advisory Committee on Fishery Management, 1978–2007


Record created 02/07/2019 | Last updated 02/07/2019
CRR Issue 322


When I took on the task of assembling the history of the ICES Advisory Committee on Fishery Management (ACFM), I had the rather naïve perception that it would be easy, with the help of the other former ACFM Chairs, to describe the development of ICES advice from the last year of the Liaison Committee (1977) to the arrival of the Advisory Committee (ACOM) in 2008. Having studied material provided by other former Chairs and Secretaries of ACFM, together with other internal material from ICES, it became apparent that instead of giving a year-by-year description of what happened at ACFM, it would be more important to make use of the experiences gained during the 30 years that ACFM was responsible for advice on fisheries. This would contribute to the ever-ongoing discussions on the role of scientific advice in fishery management. These discussions are particularly vibrant at the present time. These 30 years cover a time wherein there were major developments in international law and instruments1, and biodiversity protection came to the fore after the Rio Summit of 1992.