All tuna RFMOs are already collecting or receiving some data through observer programs or fishing logbooks, and these efforts must be made more comprehensive in order to properly assess the impact of FADfisheries and other activities.
Adopted: June 7, 2011 Amended: September 12, 2012 Amended: April 25, 2013 Amended: May 20, 2014 Amended: October 20, 2015 Effective: January 1, 2013
Processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry shall conduct transactions only with those large-scale purse seine vessels that have 100% observer coverage (human or electronic if proven to be effective) on every fishing trip and observing every fishing operation, unless prevented by force majeure conditions in a particular region. Force majeure is an event or effect, both acts of nature and acts of people that can be neither anticipated nor controlled, such as floods, hurricanes, riots, strikes or wars. For the purposes of this measure, large-scale purse seine vessels are those with at least 335 m3fish hold volume.