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ISSF 2021-02: Combatting IUU Fishing: Continual Improvement and Best Practices for IUU Listing Measures in Tuna RFMOs*
|Date Added:||March 18, 2021|
|Tags:||Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, van der Geest, Vessel Lists, WCPFC|
|Authors:||Claire van der Geest|
This February 2021 report is an update of a January 2020 report.
To strengthen efforts to combat IUU fishing activities, this Technical Report reviews the IUU fishing listing measures in regional fisheries management organisations responsible for tuna management (t-RFMOs). The purpose of the review was to identify deficiencies and weaknesses in the current IUU fishing listing procedures and develop guidance on best practices to support and strengthen efforts for the conservation and management of tuna resources.
Best practices to strengthen measures for listing vessels that are presumed or found to have conducted IUU fishing include standardising the way the measures are drafted to support harmonisation between the t-RFMOs; having consistent activities that constitute IUU listing, and information to support the listing and punitive measures; implementing a decision-making process that removes the flag State from decisions regarding its own flag vessels; adopting an expanded range of admissible information; and implementing rigorous cross-listing and intersessional processes. This report also recognises the direct link between IUU vessel listing and the rigour of the other monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) measures adopted by t-RFMOs. The report recommends strengthening these supporting measures as a way of supporting IUU Vessel Listing.
See also our RFMO Best Practices Snapshot on IUU vessel listing.