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ISSF 2016-03: Unique Vessel Identifiers. Application to vessels less than 24 metres, 100GT or 100GRT

Date added February 11, 2016
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Category Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports
Tags IUU, MCS, UVI
Author(s) Ana Justel-Rubio, Claire van der Geest

Description

Rapid and accurate identification and verification of a vessel’s identity are paramount for successful fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) and is critical in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities. Unique vessel identifiers (UVIs) are assigned to a vessel for the life of the vessel irrespective of changes to ownership, flag or name, thereby enabling the vessel’s activities to be traced and verified through time. Given the global nature of the tuna fleet, UVIs play an important role in the management of fishing activities, including determining those vessels that are engaged in IUU activities.