The Compliance Monitoring Scheme (the CMS Scheme) was established by CMM 2010-03 Conservation and Management Measure for Compliance Monitoring Scheme and was implemented in 2011 and 2012 as an initial trials. In 2013 a revised Conservation and Management Measure for Compliance Monitoring Scheme CMM 2012-02 (251.58 KB) will be implemented during 2013 again as an initial trial.
The CMS Scheme is necessarily dependent on the submisison by each CCM of their Annual Report Part 1 and Part, covering 2012 activities. The deadlines for submission are included below.
In accordance with WCPFC9 decisions, the Secretariat has finalised the online interface for Annual Report Part 2 so that all CCMs can use this for submitting their Annual Report Part 2 covering 2012 activities. A template for Annual Report Part 1 which includes WCPFC9 agreed additions is provided in the table. CCM correspondence related to AR reporting and CMR comments should be sent to contact.AR@wcpfc.int
Suggested checklist for 2013 Reporting Requirements in CMMs and other decisions
There are a number of reporting requirements that are embedded in CMMs or other WCPFC decisions, which oblige CCMs to submit information or data to the Secretariat during 2013. The Secretariat has prepared a checklist to assist CCMs with quickly identifying these requirements (45.98 KB) (342.63 KB).
Compliance was evaluated in five CMR categories (catch and effort limits; catch and effort reporting; spatial and temporal closures and restriction on the use of FADS; observer and VMS coverage; and provision of scientific data through AR Part 1 and scientific data to be provided to the Commission). One of three compliance ratings was assigned (implemented, not applicable, potential implementation issues). Four CCMs could not be assessed due to lack of submitted information.
At WCPFC9, the Commission agreed that until such time as the Compliance Monitoring Scheme becomes a permanent measure, the compliance status of any CCM or information regarding compliance developed through the Compliance Monitoring Scheme shall only be used consistent with paragraphs 1 and 6 in CMM 2011-06 and to support the continued development and refinement of the CMS, and will not be used by CCMs for any outside purpose.
During the initial trial period of the CMS Scheme, a number of challenges and difficulties were encountered which the Commission will need to address both by amending the framework of the Scheme established in CMM 2010-03, and by developing additional guidelines to aid in the implementation of the Scheme.
The CMS Scheme will evolve over time, and the process and format that was used to prepare the 2010 Report will need significant improvement and development and does not in any way constitute a precedent for the future operation of the Scheme. In 2011, the Commission ‘learned by doing’ and developed formats, processes and criteria to give effect to the provisions of CMM 2010--03 in an ad hoc fashion. It is recognized that the process will need to be further refined.
In March 2012, in accordance with CMM 2010-03 the Commission adopted a Compliance Monitoring Report that includes:
- A Compliance Status for each CCM (in accordance with Annex I to CMM 2010-03); and
- Recommendations for any corrective action needed, based on non-compliance identified with respect to that CCM.
The 2010 Compliance Monitoring Report (166.78 KB) was developed using the time and information that was available, which didn’t include information from all possible sources in this first year of implementation. In future years it would be useful if additional information were available to enable some issues to be more comprehensively evaluated (for example, observer and VMS data). The further development of the Commissions Information Management System is a necessary precursor to this occuring.