NPAFC Convention

Convention for the Conservation of Anadromous Stocks in the North Pacific Ocean

This Convention is the international agreement that established the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC). The Convention was signed by Canada, Japan, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America on February 11, 1992, and it took effect on February 16, 1993. On May 27, 2003, the Republic of Korea acceded to the Convention bringing the current number of Commission members to five countries. The primary objective of the Commission is to provide a mechanism for international cooperation promoting the conservation of anadromous stocks in the NPAFC Convention Area of the North Pacific Ocean.

The Convention document includes 18 articles and the Annex. The Convention in English, Japanese, Korean, and Russian languages is available for download.

Convention for the Conservation of Anadromous Stocks in the North Pacific Ocean

The Parties to this Convention: Recognizing that anadromous stocks in the North Pacific Ocean originate primarily in the waters of Canada, Japan, the Russian Federation and the United States of America; Read more (PDF)

北太平洋における溯河性魚類の系群の保存のための条約

この条約の締約国は、 北太平洋における溯河性魚類の系群が、主としてカナダ、日本国、ロシア連邦及びアメリカ合衆国の河川その他の水域に発生することを認め、もっと読む (PDF)

북태평양소하성자원보존협약

1992년 2월 11일 모스크바에서 서명 1993년 2월 16일 발효 이 협약의 당사자는 북태평양의 소하성자원이 주로 캐나다·일본·러시아연방 및 미합중국의 수역에서 기원함을 인식하고, 이러한 자원들이 북태평양의 일정 수역에 혼재함을 인식하며, 더 읽어보기 (PDF)

КОНВЕНЦИЯ О СОХРАНЕНИИ ЗАПАСОВ АНАДРОМНЫХ ВИДОВ В СЕВЕРНОЙ ЧАСТИ ТИХОГО ОКЕАНА

Стороны настоящей Конвенции, признавая, что запасы анадромных видов в северной части Тихого океана образуются в первую очередь в водах Канады, Японии, Российской Федерации и Соединенных Штатов Америки; Читать дальше (PDF)

Convention Area

The Convention for the Conservation of Anadromous Stocks in the North Pacific Ocean pertains to the area of the North Pacific Ocean and its adjacent seas, north of 33 degrees North Latitude in international waters (high-seas) beyond the 200-mile zones of the coastal States. The activities under this Convention, for scientific purposes, may extend farther southward in the North Pacific Ocean and its adjacent seas in areas beyond the 200-mile zones.

map of convention area

NPAFC Performance Review Report

At the 2007 NPAFC Annual Meeting, the Commission decided to undergo an independent review to assess its performance in accordance with the UN General Assembly Resolution 61/105.

Performance Review Report

At the 2010 NPAFC Annual Meeting, the Commission agreed to prioritize the performance review panel’s recommendations and report on the specific actions to be undertaken in response to the recommendations. The specific actions taken in response to the recommendations were compiled into a List of Actions and these actions were adopted by the Commission at its 2011 Annual Meeting.

Current List of Actions on the Prioritized Recommendations from the NPAFC Performance Review Report (updated June 2017): View PDF

Headquarters Agreement

Headquarters Agreement between the NPAFC and the Government of Canada: View PDF

Rules and Terms of Reference

Rules of Procedure

Article VIII, Paragraph 7, Article VIII, Paragraph 15 of the Convention for the Conservation of Anadromous Stocks in the North Pacific Ocean provides that the Commission shall adopt its Rules of Procedure. All procedural provisions contained in the Convention are not repeated in these Rules of Procedure.

Download Rules of Procedure:

Download Financial Rules:

Terms of Reference

The following terms of reference were adopted by the Commission:

Enforcement (ENFO)

Committee on Science Research and Statistics (CSRS)

Finance and Administration (F&A)

External Foundation Grants (EFG)

Special Fund for Scientific Research (SFSR)

Criteria for Joint Projects (CJP)

Publication Policy Working Group (PPWG)