Report of the IOC/SEAFDEC Regional Training Course in Fisheries Oceanography in the Western Pacific Ocean
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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.