No one organization can achieve tuna fishery sustainability on its own; we must work collectively with those that share our goals and wish to work together to achieve them. ISSF convenes a diverse group of stakeholdersNGOs, vessel owners, retailers, tuna processors and more — to make recommendations to Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs). Here are some of the most recent advocacy letters that have resulted from that collaborative work.

ISSF 2021-08: RFMO Vessel Monitoring Systems: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices*

Date Added: February 26, 2021
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Tags: Best Practices, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC
Authors: Holly Koehler
Language: English
report_type: Technical Report

Description

Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) for highly migratory species, straddling stocks and discrete high-seas stocks, have established either centralized RFMO satellite vessel monitoring systems (VMS) for the high seas of their areas of competence or prescribed requirements for national VMS systems to apply to vessels that operate in the RFMO areas of competence.

This Technical Report examines and compares these existing RFMO VMS programs and the prescribed operational and technical specifications. In the final section of the Report, the results of the survey of RFMO VMS programs are used to identify a set of Best Practices for VMS.

See also our RFMO Best Practices Snapshot on vessel monitoring systems.