Compliance Monitoring Scheme

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, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as an initial trials. A further revised Conservation and Management Measure for Compliance Monitoring Scheme was implemented during 2016 and 2017, and this was extended for implementation in 2018.  During 2019, a new Conservation and Management Measure for the Compliance Monitoring Scheme was implemented.  In 2020/21 Conservation and Management Measure for the Compliance Monitoring Scheme (377.28 KB) (CMM 2019-06) will be implemented

Review of CMS Scheme in 2017/18

At WCPFC13, the Commission approved the Terms for a Review of the Compliance Monitoring Scheme (CMS) (WCPFC13 Summary Report, paragraph 142 & Attachment H) (130.28 KB).  The objective of the review is to assist CCMs to improve compliance with the Convention and CMMs and to this end the review will be forward looking and provide clear recommendations on how best to implement the CMS. The CMS Review Panel was appointed on 18 April 2017.  

A substantive report was presented by the CMS Review Panel at WCPFC14 WCPFC14-2017-25B (1.25 MB), and a short paper by the Secretariat was also tabled WCPFC14-2017-25A (440.67 KB) 

The final report was issued on 7 March 2018 for consideration by Members. On 19 March 2018 the final report was reissued, with the only change being the inclusion of a Executive Summary that was inadvertently omitted from the original submission: Final Report from the Independent Panel to review the Compliance Monitoring Scheme [with Executive Summary] (1.97 MB)

WCPFC14 also established an Intersessional Working Group on the Review of the Compliance Monitoring Scheme (CMS IWG).  The tasks of the CMS IWG will be to facilitate consideration of the Report from the Independent Review of the CMS and develop a proposed CMM for the Compliance Monitoring Scheme for consideration at WCPFC15 (2018).  The Commission agreed that the Republic of Marshall Islands would lead the Intersessional Working Group. A reference page for the intersesional CMS IWG can be accessed here.  

Copies of past Compliance Monitoring Reports 

Symbol Title Files Date of Issuesort ascending
WCPFC15-2018-FinalCMR Final CMR adopted by WCPFC15 file attachment (1.52 MB) 11 Dec 2018
WCPFC14-2017-finalCMR Final CMR covering 2016 activities as agreed at WCPFC14 file attachment (1.53 MB) 7 Dec 2017
WCPFC13-2016-finalCMR Final CMR covering 2015 activities as agreed at WCPFC13 file attachment (1.39 MB) 9 Dec 2016
WCPFC12-2015-32 Final CMR covering 2014 activities file attachment (1.77 MB) 8 Dec 2015
WCPFC11-2014-fCMR Final CMR covering 2013 activites - adopted by WCPFC11 file attachment (357.55 KB) 5 Dec 2014
WCPFC10 Final Compliance Monitoring Report for 2012 (as adopted by WCPFC10) file attachment (623.31 KB) 4 Feb 2014
WCPFC9 Final Compliance Monitoring Report for 2011 (as adopted by WCPFC9) file attachment (171.73 KB) 6 Feb 2013
WCPFC8 Final Compliance Monitoring Report for 2010 (as adopted by WCPFC8) file attachment (166.78 KB) 24 May 2012

2020 Key dates and annual reporting templates

Scientific Data to be Provided to the Commission 30 April 2020 

Annual Report Part 2 covering 2019 activities

1 July 2020 (as decided at WCPFC9), submit by online interface using CCM-specific login and password

Annual Report Part 1, covering 2020 activities

12 July 2020 (one-month prior to the annual regular session of the Scientific Committee)

A link to paper templates prepared by the Secretariat so as to assist CCMs in providing required information under CMMs and other decisions is provided here:  

                                Annual Report Part 1 template (365.54 KB)(94.45 KB) 

In 2020 there will be a trial of published Annual Catch and Effort (ACE) tables (Essential Fisheries Information Tables I-IV and Tabular Annual Fisheries Information Tables 1-5 and Figures 1-3 from Annual Report Part 1) that are based April 30 scientific data submissions and updates/corrections from CCMs.  This is the link to the WCPFC ACE tables page: -

Draft CMR covering 2019 activities circulated to each CCM

30 July 2020 is the date specified in CMM 2019-06 for the Secretariat to circulate a draft CMR to each CCM for their review.

The draft CMR will be based on the List of obligations to be assessed by Compliance Monitoring Scheme 2020 (as updated at WCPFC16) (158.79 KB)

CCM provides comments to Secretariat on draft CMR

26 August 2020 is the date specified in CMM 2019-06 for CCMs to provide clarifications, amendments or corrections as necessary on the draft CMR, as well as to identify particular causes for compliance issues.

Where applicable, a CCM may also submit a Capacity Development Plan with their draft CMR to the Secretariat (before 26 August 2020). Links to paper templates prepared by the Secretariat so as to assist CCMs in providing required information for CMM 2019-06 paragraph 14 is provided below:  

                        Capacity Development Plan (37.95 KB)


Cooperating Non-Member Requests

25 July 2020: in accordance with CMM 2019-01, CNMs must reapply annually for CNM status and their application should address all criteria in paragraph 2 of CMM 2019-01.  This is due 60 days before TCC16.  

Latest updated electronic form for CNM requests: Cooperating Non-Member request template - last updated in 2020 (333.47 KB)

Suggested checklist for 2020 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 2020. The Secretariat has prepared an updated checklist to assist CCMs with quickly identifying these requirements (629.05 KB)(120.25 KB).

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