Since the end of 2005, PFA vessels have been active in the Southern Pacific jack mackerel fishery, outside the Chilean EEZ. This high seas fishery has been familiar to the global fishing community for many years, in particular since the 70s and 80s, when the Soviet fleet developed a large fishery. When the Soviet Union collapsed, its fleet left the area and other fleets entered into the fishery, albeit in a smaller way. The PFA is one of them.
In 2006, negotiations began between relevant coastal and fishing nations, to develop the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO), with the objective of ensuring effective fisheries management in the South Pacific Ocean. In November 2009 the convention text was agreed, and finally ratified and put in force in late 2012. The EU is a member of this Regional Management organisation.
The SPRFMO Scientific Working Group has worked hard to prepare management advice for the Pacific jack mackerel stock. Between 2007 and 2011 interim management measures were in place that limited the fishing effort deployed in the SPRFMO area. From 2011, the scientific work for the jack mackerel stock was developed in such a way that Total Allowable Catches (TAC) could be set by the SPRFMO based on scientific advice. In 2013 the TAC is set at 40% of the 2010 catch level, to ensure sustainability.
The PFA fully and actively cooperates with the EU and the scientific community linked to the SPRFMO process, including taking and financing observers on board during fishing operations in the South Pacific, and making catch data available to scientists.