End date for intersessional decision related to WCPFC at-sea transhipment observers (as agreed by intersessional decision and effective from 13 May 2020)
31 Jul 2020
Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei
Commission decision is contained in WCPFC Circular 2020/38 and the extension in Circular 2020/46. Copies may be accessed from https://www.wcpfc.int/covid19
The Commission endorses that: 1. The requirements in paragraph 13 of CMM 2009-06 are temporarily suspended until July 31, 2020. Paragraphs 14, 15 and 16 of CMM 2009-06 will be also suspended during the same period when a vessel is not carrying an observer. The temporary suspension will apply to new trips after disembarkation of the observers currently on board the vessels participating in the atsea transhipments indicated in the aforementioned paragraph of CMM 2009-06 on the following conditions:
(1) Concerned flag CCMs shall indicate, when they send the Transhipment Declaration referred to in paragraph 35(iv) of CMM 2009-06 to the Executive Director, whether the particular at-sea transhipment had occurred under this temporary suspension. The Secretariat shall provide a summary of at-sea transhipments without observers that occurred under this temporary suspension, based on Transhipment Declarations submitted to the Executive Director in accordance with paragraph 35(iv) of CMM 2009-06, in the Annual Report on Transhipment to and for consideration of TCC16 and TCC17. (2) CCMs shall ensure that their vessels comply with all other binding requirements established under the Convention and Commission decisions using all MCS tools available, including but not limited to verification of catch and effort and logbook data, VMS and AIS (when available) monitoring and examination of other relevant information such as landing and transhipment data. (3) If the at-sea transhipment takes place in areas under national jurisdiction of a coastal State, the vessels shall tranship in accordance with the domestic laws and regulations of the coastal State.
2. CCMs whose vessels are subject to this temporary arrangement are encouraged, to the extent practicable and in accordance with their domestic rules and regulations, to implement additional MCS measures and to follow-up these transhipments through inspection or observation or monitor these transhipments electronically if available during the application of the arrangements In doing so, the requirements of a coastal State are to be adhered to by all vessels within that coastal State’s jurisdiction.
3. This decision takes effect immediately once the Commission has endorsed it. The Commission will review its decision relating to paragraph 13 of CMM 2009-06 by May 31, 2020. In undertaking such review, the Commission should take into consideration Article 30 of the Convention and the safety and livelihoods of ROP observers, in particular SIDS observers.
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