WCPFC Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) and Compliance Monitoring



Fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) consists of three distinct, integrated activities, defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as follows:

  • monitoring - the continuous requirement for the measurement of fishing effort characteristics and resource yields (and catches);
  • control - the regulatory conditions under which the exploitation of the resource may be conducted; and
  • surveillance - the degree and types of observations required to maintain compliance with the regulatory controls imposed on fishing activities.

Several elements of the Commission’s MCS Scheme (regulatory framework) were elaborated during the Preparatory Conference process from 2001 to 2004 and became operational on adoption during the Commission’s Inaugural Session in December 2004.  These included the WCPFC Record of Fishing Vessels and Authorizations to Fish on the High Seas in the Convention Area (CMM 2018-06, which replaced CMM 2013-10, CMM 2004-01 and CMM 2009-01), Procedures for Cooperating Non-members (CMM 2019-01, which replaced CMM 2009-11 and CMM 2004-02) and Specifications for the Marking and Identification of Fishing Vessels (CMM 2004-03). 

The Commission has since adopted:

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