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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.

Data Collection Strategy meeting - 4-6th April 2016
Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:23

Traditionally the Tuna Fishery Data Collection Committee provided regional standard data forms for use in SPC/FFA member countries.  Increasingly e-reporting and e-monitoring tools are being introduced to capture tuna fishery data. The DCC strategy meeting will look at the future role of the DCC in an increasingly electronic environment.

Data Collection Committee 7 - 12th Nov 2007
Thursday, 13 August 2009 10:10


The Seventh Meeting of the Tuna Fishery Data Collection Committee (DCC7) was held on the 12th of November 2007 in Brisbane, Australia. You will find here all the meeting documents & material related to this meeting.


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