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Data Collection Committee (DCC)


1.1   Membership

The primary membership of DCC are the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Office of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNAO).  

The DCC may invite participants from a broad range of stakeholders including, but not limited to: the SPC / FFA/PNA Members, the secretariats of the WCPFC and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP),  , the TeVakaMoana (TVM) Coordinator, and the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) OfficeWCPFC members, fishing and seafood industry members, Environmental Non-Government Organisations (ENGOs), ER and EM service providers , other Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) secretariats, and other expertise-based groups or individuals.   

1.2   Context 

Management of tuna fisheries within the region of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean is critically dependent on high quality fisheries data and information such as that collected through catch and effort logsheets, observer forms, port sampling forms and Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) etc. This information is essential to the work programmes of both the SPC, the Pacific Island region's principal technical and scientific organization, and the FFA, who plays a key role in strengthening national capacity and regional solidarity to support its 17 members to manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries.  

Before the DCC, tuna fishery data collection forms were developed in an ad-hoc fashion by a number of Distance Water Fishing Nations, some Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) and fishery organisations. As a consequence, there was a plethora of different forms circulating in the region which resulted in complex data management procedures and affected the quality, accuracy and timeliness of tuna fisheries information.  To address this situation, SPC and FFA initiated the DCC during 1995 with the stated objectives as “developing standardised tuna fishery collection forms to reduce the complexity of data collection, processing and analysis” in member countries.  Over the following two decades, the outputs of the DCC were harmonised paper copy forms for logsheets, unloadings, observer reports, port sampling and others data types.  The annual DCC report was formally adopted by PICTs member countries through the Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC) and the Heads of Fisheries (HOF) meetings.  In recent years and recognising the important role they have in the region, the PNAO was included in the primary membership with SPC and FFA. 

Over the last decade there has been an increasing interest in and implementation of electronic-based data collection across the range of fishery programs. With technology and policy moving forward rapidly, with little or no guidance on standards and specifications, DCC’s continued focus on paper copies became untenable.  A DCC Strategy Meeting was convened during 2016 to assess the situation and plan a way forward; The first DCC Strategic Plan (2016-2020) was produced as a result and the next strategic plan for the period 2021-2025 is expected to be adopted by the DCC in early 2021. 

1.3   Purpose

The DCC supports the sustainable management and economic development of tuna fisheries in the Pacific Region through the improvement of the data standards, data processes and data quality that underpin the science, compliance and the provision of technical advice by the SPC, the FFA and the PNAO to its respective members.

12th Tuna Fishery Data Collection Committee - December 2022
Wednesday, 28 September 2022 00:00

The SPC / FFA DCC supports the sustainable management and economic development of tuna fisheries in the Pacific Region through the improvement of the data standards, data processes and data quality that underpin the science, compliance and the provision of technical advice by the SPC and the FFA to its respective members. The 12th DCC meeting is scheduled for early December 2022, semi-virtual.

SPC/FFA/PNAO Data Collection Committee Planning Workshop 2022
Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

This DCC planning meeting is intended to identify monitoring issues, guide progress, and assign tasks where appropriate.

This should facilitate DCC12 to be focussed and more efficient

DCC E-Monitoring standards
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 14:42


Electronic monitoring (EM) provides an additional complementary tool that is being integrated to the existing suite of SPC/FFA/PNAO member country fishery monitoring systems. It is intended to strengthen the availability of quality data and information from fisheries that have historically supported low levels of monitoring. As a result, it will contribute to on-going member country initiatives to secure sustainable tuna fisheries in the WCPO region.

In recognising the potential for E-Monitoring to enhance fishery monitoring, the SPC/FFA/PNAO Data Collection Committee have conducted a series of meetings and intersessional work that are aimed at producing standards for E-Monitoring.   

This web page provides the links to meetings and the draft/adopted standards for E-Monitoring for reference and use by member countries.

Longline Electronic Monitoring Compliance Data and Transhipment Standards Workshop - 18-20 Nov 2020
Friday, 06 November 2020 00:00

The purpose of the DCC LL EM Compliance Data and Transhipment Standards Workshop will be to address three areas:

- To identify a set of data fields that are required for MCS purposes that may be collected by Electronic Monitoring on longline vessels.

- Review and develop TORs for the progress of the regional agency workplan for support of EM Standards, Specifications and Procedures (SSPs) development.

- Develop a suite of minimum data fields that would be required for monitoring of longline transhipment operations for scientific and compliance purposes. These would be baseline requirements and not specific to a particular data collection tool. These minimum data fields would be relevant to the acquisition of data from longline transhipments from either EM or observers.

Data Collection Committee - Review of Longline Electronic Monitoring data fields - 4-6 Feb 2020
Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

The objectives of the workshop are to develop draft DCC Longline EM minimum data fields for review and adoption by member countries prior to the next WCPFC ERandEM meeting (September 2020).

Secondary objectives include:

        • Presenting TORs for a consultancy to produce SSPs for the EM Verification System, based on the concept note produce at the 2nd EM Process standards workshop;
        • Developing and presenting a draft protocol for EM coverage for review, modification and agreement

This workshop focused on the required data fields from E-Monitoring for the Longline fishing operation only.


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