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An investigation of E-Reporting and E-Monitoring potential in the WCPFC Tuna Fisheries
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 15:39

The Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) are conducting a joint study investigating the potential of E-Reporting and E-Monitoring in the WCPFC Tuna Fisheries.

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SPC/WCPFC E-Reporting/E-Monitoring Study - Background
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 14:52

SPC is the Pacific Island region’s principal technical and scientific organisation. It delivers technical, scientific, research, policy and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories in public health, geoscience, agriculture, forestry, water resources, disaster management, fisheries, education (community, TVET, quality and standards for all school levels), statistics, transport, energy, ICT, media, human rights, gender, youth and culture. For more information, visit http://www.spc.int .

Within SPC, the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) has the goal of ensuring fisheries exploiting the western and central Pacific region’s resources of tuna, billfish and related species are managed for economic and ecological sustainability using the best available scientific information (for further information see http://www.spc.int/oceanfish/ ).

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) is responsible for international management of tuna fisheries throughout the region. The WCPFC membership includes all 26 SPC members, as well as Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, the European Union, Japan, Korea and Philippines. The OFP provides data management and stock assessment services and advice to WCPFC under an annual service agreement. For more background on the work of the WCPFC see http://www.wcpfc.int .

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SPC/WCPFC E-Reporting/E-Monitoring Study - Project Objectives
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 15:12

 

OBJECTIVE #1 – Develop a common understanding and language of what E-Reporting and E-Monitoring will mean in the WCPFC tuna fisheries

A report covering this work should include, but not be restricted to, the following:

Terms of Reference

1. Provide a clear definition and distinction between E-Reporting and E-Monitoring, drawing on relevant examples in the WCFPC Tuna Fisheries wherever possible

2. Describe the potential uses of E-Reporting and E-Monitoring data for MCS, science, and broader fisheries management and policy.

3. Provide an overview of current obligations for collecting and managing scientific and other data in the WCPFC tuna fisheries, highlighting OBSERVER and LOGSHEET DATA (E-Reporting) – i.e. clearly state what the current data requirements and deliverables are.

4. Summarise current WCPFC CMM obligations and other regulatory requirements that could potentially be covered by E-Monitoring and E Reporting

5. Provide an overview of the stakeholders in the WCFPC area and their current and perceived roles in:

  • Data collection/management, highlighting OBSERVER and LOGSHEET DATA (E-Reporting), and
  • Management and Compliance (E-Monitoring).
  • And identify whether their respective roles may be expected to change with implementation of E-Reporting and E-Monitoring?

Key stakeholders to include SPC, WCPFC, FFA, PNA, National Fisheries Authorities/Govt. (coastal-state and flag-state), TVM, and the fishing industry.

 

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