End date for suspension of WCPFC requirements for observer coverage on purse seine vessels (as agreed by intersessional decision and effective from 8 April 2020)
31 Jul 2020
Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei
Commission decision is contained in WCPFC Circular 2020/24 and the extension in Circular 2020/46. Copies may be accessed from https://www.wcpfc.int/covid19
1. The Commission agrees to suspend the requirements for observer coverage on purse seine vessels set out in paragraphs 34 and 35 of CMM 2018-01 and CMM 2018-05 until 31 July 2020. 2. The temporary suspension will apply to new trips after a vessel operator has met any requirement for repatriation of observers currently on board a vessel. Repatriation, in this context, means returning the observer to his/her home port, in consultation with the observer provider. 3. Repatriation is to be expedited by the vessel operator and the relevant flag State, in close consultation with the relevant national Observer Provider. The observer’s costs will continue to be met by the vessel operator until such time as the observer is returned to his/her home port. 4. During the period of suspension, the VMS requirements and procedures of paragraphs 33 and 37 of CMM 2018-01 that apply to purse seine vessels during FAD closure periods will also apply to purse seine vessels which are not carrying observers.
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