Thank you for visiting the official site of the Federal Fishery Council of Argentina, (CFP, in Spanish) an organization responsible for establishing a national fishery policy.
The official language of the documents uploaded in the site is Spanish. To facilitate comprehension a presentation in English has been included, and titles have been translated as well. Moreover, a particularly significant document regarding fishery management, such as the introduction to the Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) Catch Management Regime, has also been translated into the English language.
The legal basis for Argentina Fishery System is provided by the Federal Fishery Regime, established by Law No. 24922, enacted in late 1997, that is aimed to satisfy a maximum development of fishing activities at sea with a rational use of living resources. The statutory regulation values human economic activity as well as the environment where such activity is carried out.
The Law has a strong federal accent as a result of the extension of maritime littoral coasts on territorial sea that cover a number of Provinces (provincial jurisdiction), and the ocean area beyond the first twelve sea miles (national jurisdiction), all within the framework of the Law.
Said federal accent is also given by the legal design of the CFP, an organization that is responsible for leading and regulating fishery policies and activities, and whose collegiate composition consists of five representatives from the provinces, and five representatives from the Federal government.
The Law involves a number of relevant aspects of marine fishing, including: research, conservation and management of living resources of the sea; a fishing regime that has imposed Individual Transferable Quotas, and an infringement regime, correspondingly.
Law No. 24922, as amended, including its regulatory decree, has become the legal basis upon which the Federal Fishery Council (CFP) has designed the national fishery policy.
CFP duties, as provided in Section 9 of Law No. 24922, include:
a) Establish a national fishery policy;
b) Establish a fishing research policy;
c) Establish the maximum permitted catch, by species, considering the maximum sustainable yield of each of them, in accordance with the information provided by INIDEP (National Fishery Research and Development Institute). Moreover, establish annual catch quotas per ship, per species, per fishing area and per type of fleet;
d) Approve commercial and experimental fishing permits;
e) Provide advice to the Enforcement Authority about international negotiations;
f) Plan how to develop national fishing;
g) Set co-participation guidelines at the FO.NA.PE (National Fishery Fund);
h) Make resolutions about experimental fishing;
i) Establish extraction rights and set the payment of a canon for the fishing practice;
j) Modify FO.NA.PE distribution percentages, as established in paragraph “c” section 45 of the Law;
k) Regulate the practice of artisanal fishery, and set a quota reserve for species designated to this sector;
l) Determine which topics are to be put to the consideration of the CFP, and require the votes of a qualified majority of the members;
m) Set CFP own regulations, which must be positively approved by two thirds of the total of CFP members.
CFP authorities, in accordance with Section 8 of the Law No. 24922, are as follow:
a) A representative for each one of the provinces having maritime littoral;
b) The Fishery Secretary;
c) A representative for the Natural Resources and Sustainable Development Secretariat;
d) A representative for the Ministry of Public Affairs, International Commerce and Cult;
e) Two representatives appointed by the National Executive Power.
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