FFA Members Make Gains at WCPFC Committee
FFA members make gains at WCPFC committee
FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA, THURSDAY 9 OCTOBER 2008:
the Fourth Regular Session of the Technical and Compliance Committee
(TCC4) of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
(WCPFC), in Pohnpei this week, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
(FFA) members advanced recommendations to increase effectiveness of
fisheries management in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.
The Technical and Compliance Committee of
WCPFC makes recommendations
to the annual meeting of the Commission, to be held in this year in
December in Korea. WCPFC membership consists of the 17 members of the
Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency plus 9 other fishing nations.
 Decisions at WCPFC so far have been made by consensus although
there is also provisions for voting that have not yet been used (under
WCPF Convention Article 11  which includes decision making of
subsidiary bodies of the Commission).
recommendations, sought by FFA members, were included in
record of the TCC4 meeting include:
- BIG EYE
TUNA AND YELLOWFIN TUNA: This was again flagged as a key
goal for this year's WCPFC in December with the record
stating: "TCC4 noted that agreement on a BET and YFT CMM
would be a principal
goal of WCPFC 5."
listing a Taiwanese vessel on the WCPFC Illegal, Unreported and
Unregulated Vessel list, was supported by a recommendation from TCC4, which stated in the record: "TCC4 noted with concern the issue raised by Tonga regarding when a flag state has made sufficient satisfaction
with respect to an IUU incident. Tonga's position statement on this
matter, received strong support from CMMs."
island developing states were noted by the TCC4. Marshall Islands
raised the issue of vessels purchased from Taiwan but withheld for use
in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Members were encouraged to address these issues at the December meeting.
measures based on a proposal by a group of FFA members in response to concerns. Unregulated transhipment on the high seas supports illegal
fishing because catches are not monitored and reported.
standards for a vessel monitoring system (to track and monitor fishing
vessels) for all vessels in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean and
for the system to be in place by 1 April 2009. FFA is to enter into a
service agreement with WCPFC for the creation of the WCPFC vessel