REPORT OF THE IOC/SEAFDEC REGIONAL TRAINING COURSE IN FISHERIES OCEANOGRAPHY IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN 6-31 MAY 1985
IOC consultant, M. Tomczak
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The Eleventh Sesion of the IOC Assembly (Paris, France, 15 October – 3 November 1979), by Resolution XI.17, recognized “the vital need for adequate understanding of the relationships between ocean environmental variability and fish stocks, and . . . that IOC activities in ocean science can enhance and complement the study of living resources”. A Working Group was subsequently formed by SCOR and ACMRR on Oceanography, Marine Ecology and Living Resources, which recognized that “management techniques must be applied . . . in most fisheries to conserve the resources and maximize the economic and societal benefits. Proper management requires a foundation of research on both the fish and the ocean environment in which they live . . . Unfortunately, neither the capability to conduct research in living resources . . . nor the scientific infrastructure to do it has kept pace with the ability to catch fish” (doc. IOC-XII/8 Annex 2). The XII Sesion of the IOC Assembly (Paris, France, 3-19 November 1985), recalling Resolution XI-17, by Resolution XII-1, approved the development by the Commission of a Programme of Ocean Science in Relation to Living Resources (OSLR), and adopted OSLR as a new scientific programme of the Commission, and invited FAO to cosponsor it; FAO officially jointed the OSLR programme in September 1984.