The Chair remarked that
despite differing mandates/objectives there were many shared
commonalities (i.e. websites, observers, shiprider programs) and invited
members to make suggestions regarding items that would merit future
R. Martinolich of the
NPAFC highlighted the importance of multi-tasking and sharing assets,
adding that there was great potential for cooperation and information
sharing on such things as IUU suspect vessel lists.
CAPT G. Sundgaard
of the NPCGF reiterated that there were opportunities present to
capitalize on each organizationís strength to work towards protecting
shared fish stocks.
W. Sanford of the
WCPFC strongly endorses the cooperative control mechanism and suggested
bi-annual meetings of the tripartite group.
T. Tomita of Japan
saw great merit in focusing on the information exchange.
G. Medvedev of
Russia voiced support for focusing on information exchange and continued
participation of membership in joint meetings. Also, it is important
that calendars should reflect upcoming events for planning purposes.
Capt. M. Inman of
the United States was pleased that there was a good degree of
cross-pollination between the various organizations given the potential
for collaboration. He announced the planned CG deployment of the United
States Coast Guard Cutter MUNRO and suggested that this asset, in
cooperation with others, could coordinate to address multiple stock
issues. He added that, in the future, work should be done to harmonize
P. Steele of Canada
agreed with the member comments and saw cooperation as a means of:
avoiding duplication of efforts, maximizing use of available assets and
learning from best practices. He also noted that there was an ongoing
need to publicize the existence and potential of the MCS Network.