Each tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO) develops vessel registration requirements and maintains a publicly available regional record of such tuna fishing vessels authorized to fish in the Convention Area of that RFMO.
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Adopted: May 18, 2010 Amended: May 3, 2011 Amended: November 14, 2011 Amended: October 20, 2015 Effective: May 3, 2011
A vessel may be included on the record of authorized fishing vessels in multiple RFMOs simultaneously. Fishing by vessels subject to listing but not listed as authorized by an RFMO diminishes the effectiveness of conservation and management measures and the long-term sustainability of the resources being managed by increasing traceability and transparency at a global level. Processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry shall refrain from transactions in tuna caught by vessels that are not on the authorized vessel record of the RFMO governing the ocean area in which the tuna was caught, at the time of the fishing trip, so long as the vessel is subject to listing in the RFMO authorized vessel record.