(Parties/Agencies, Charter/Mandate, Enforcement Committee, etc.)
LT P. Barelli provided a
presentation on the NPAFC Convention Article V: Authority and
Jurisdiction which detailed the NPAFC’s enforcement objectives and
scope. He went on to explain the implications of the issue within the
tripartite meeting context, citing commonalities (geography, membership
and species) and shared challenges (participation, economic limitations,
limited assets and differing National priorities).
provided an overview of the NPCGF that outlined the relevant activities
and mandate of the organization. He explained the relevance in relation
to the other groups. CAPT G. Sundgaard detailed the work of the NPCGF’s
Combined Operations Working Group and shared his views on the advantages
of collaboration between organizations, notably how the strengths of the
various organizations should be exploited.
outlined the mandate, evolution, special characteristics and operations
of the newly formed WCPFC.
Monitoring, Control and
Surveillance Activities (Authorities, Boarding Provisions, VMS,
Law Enforcement Activities/Case Study, etc.)
A. Richards of the WCPFC Secretariat provided and
overview of the WCPFC Convention (Authorities and
Responsibilities). He elaborated on the following
- The WCPFC Convention has applied the principles
of the UN Fish Stocks Agreement to the WCPO Region;
- MCS tools, some of which are in place and others
being developed, that will form the regulatory
framework for the Commission;
- MCS Tools:
- Development of a Regional Observer Program,
implementation of which is based on the use of
existing regional, sub-regional and national
- Commission VMS (projected implementation,
February 2009), will be co-located with FFA VMS
at Sydney, Australia;
- High Seas Boarding and Inspection Procedures
(broad framework is in place);
- WCPFC Record of Fishing Vessels is posted on
the WCPFC website and WCPFC IUU Vessel List will
soon be posted on the same website;
- Transhipment Verification and port State
measures are also being developed; and
- Significant amount of work remains to fully
operationalize the Commission’s MCS Scheme.
Russia requested clarification on the following three
||What measures were being
taken within member State EEZ’s?
||A. Richards indicated that
some issues, e.g. determining the total
allowable catch for highly migratory fish stocks
within the Convention Area, apply to the entire
Convention Area, including the EEZs of member
States within the Convention Area, while others,
e.g. boarding and inspection, apply only to the
high seas in the Convention Area.
||Who is involved in the
||A. Richards explained that
each member with registered enforcement
platforms will be able to board and inspect
vessels from member States. He added that there
have been no boardings to date.
||Is the VMS satellite based?
||A. Richards responded that
the current system is satellite based and works
off of units fitted for the existing domestic
States requested information on the follow subjects:
||In relation to VMS
confidentiality agreements, where these with Coastal
Nations or vessel owners? And what did they consist
||A. Richards indicated that
although the Commission has adopted a
Confidentiality Agreement, separate rules and
procedures for the protection of, access to and
dissemination of non-public domain data for the
purpose of compliance and enforcement activities on
the high seas were in draft form and still being
||Was the WCPFC boarding and
inspection regime ready to be implemented?
||A. Richards responded that it is
ready to be implemented as the corresponding
Conservation and Management Measure is now in force.
inquired as to whether the observer program would be managed
centrally or individually by the member States and how it
was envisaged that the deployment of observers would work?
clarified that the exact details of the Regional Observer
Programme (ROP) were still being worked on but offered that
the program would be based on aspects of the Commission for
the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)
model and those of sub-regional observer programs operating
in the WCPO, together comprising the “WCPFC Hybrid Model”.
Under this model, sharing of observer resources between the
observer programs of member States and the ROP is a basic
questioned what members, if any, had registered enforcement
Richards explained that, to date, three countries (French
New Zealand and Canada) had enforcement vessels registered
with the Commission.
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