Port State Minimum Standards
In December 2017 the Commission agreed to a Conservation and Management Measure on Port State Minimum Standards with the stated purpose being "to establish processes and procedures for CCMs to request that port inspections be undertaken on fishing vessels suspected of engaging in IUU fishing or fishing related activities in support of IUU fishing." The full text of the measure can be accessed at this link: CMM 2017-02 (537.41 KB)
Paragraph 6 of CMM 2017-02 encourages each CCM to designate ports for the purpose of inspection. Any subsequent designation of ports or changes to this list shall be notified to the WCPFC Executive Director at least 30 days before the designation or change takes effect.
Paragraph 19 of CMM 2017-02 requires that Port CCMs notify the Commission of a contact point for the purpose of CMM 2017-02. Any subsequent changes shall be notified to the WCPFC Executive Director at least 15 days before such change takes effect.
Paragraph 21 of CMM 2017-02 states "CCMs that establish port State measures shall publicize all relevant measures in an appropriate manner, within 30 days of entering into force of such measures, and shall advise the Commission to facilitate wider distribution through posting on the WCPFC website."
The notifications the Secretariat has received from Port CCMs in reference to CMM 2017-02 are shown in the below table. The information in the table is current as at 19 February 2024.
|Designated Ports for the purpose of inspection
|Advice of Port State Measures
|Date of Issue
Australia designates all of its ports for the purposes of inspections under WCPFC CMM 2017-02 on Minimum Standards for Port State Measures.
List of designated ports for the purposes of inspections under CMM 2017-02 is at: (1.46 KB)
Australia allows foreign fishing vessels into its ports and the landing of catch from such vessels only with explicit approval. Australia has a domestic process for considering vessel entry into an Australian port which is outlined in these guidelines: Port access guidelines Applications for port access are considered consistent with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s Client Service Charter.
Australian Fisheries Management Authority
|30 May 2022
Thailand has designated 22 (twenty-two) ports for the purpose of CMM 2017-02 20.81 KB
|Thailand has provided advice of the relevant measure "The Notification of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on Advance Data Reporting, and Determining Ports for Non-Thai fishing vessel wishing to enter the Kingdom E.B. 2560 (A.D. 2017) (353.81 KB)
Port State Measures Implementation Group, Fish Quarantine and Inspection Division
|16 July 2018
Japan has designated 7 (seven) ports for the purpose of CMM 2017-02 (17.09 KB)
Japan has provided all laws, regulations, process and other relevant information for foreign flagged fishing vessels to get a permission for port call at Japanese ports at the following website: link
|1 April 2022
New Zealand has designated 13 ports for the purpose of CMM 2017-02
New Zealand publicises all of relevant requirements, measures and legislation for the NZ flagged fishing vessels fishing under a high seas permit beyond NZ national jurisdiction, and foreign fishing vessels arriving from the high seas at the following website: link
Ministry of Primary Industries - International Compliance
Fisheries Compliance Liaison & Coordination
|28 Sept 2018
|United States of America
|5 May 2020
Solomon Islands has designated two (2) ports for the purpose of CMM 2017-02
|24 Sept 2019
|France (French Polynesia)
France (French Polynesia) has designated one (1) port for the purpose of CMM 2017-02
|5 Dec 2019
|France (New Caledonia)
Caledonia) has designated one (1) port for the purpose of CMM 2017-02 605.97 KB
|8 July 2022
|Philippines has designated two (2) port for the purpose of CMM 2017-02 357.73 KB
|28 Sept 2022
|Tuvalu has designated one (1) port for the purpose of CMM 2017-02 55.41 KB
|19 Feb 2024