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SPC/WCPFC E-Reporting/E-Monitoring Study - Project Objectives
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 15:12

 

OBJECTIVE #1 – Develop a common understanding and language of what E-Reporting and E-Monitoring will mean in the WCPFC tuna fisheries

A report covering this work should include, but not be restricted to, the following:

Terms of Reference

1. Provide a clear definition and distinction between E-Reporting and E-Monitoring, drawing on relevant examples in the WCFPC Tuna Fisheries wherever possible

2. Describe the potential uses of E-Reporting and E-Monitoring data for MCS, science, and broader fisheries management and policy.

3. Provide an overview of current obligations for collecting and managing scientific and other data in the WCPFC tuna fisheries, highlighting OBSERVER and LOGSHEET DATA (E-Reporting) – i.e. clearly state what the current data requirements and deliverables are.

4. Summarise current WCPFC CMM obligations and other regulatory requirements that could potentially be covered by E-Monitoring and E Reporting

5. Provide an overview of the stakeholders in the WCFPC area and their current and perceived roles in:

  • Data collection/management, highlighting OBSERVER and LOGSHEET DATA (E-Reporting), and
  • Management and Compliance (E-Monitoring).
  • And identify whether their respective roles may be expected to change with implementation of E-Reporting and E-Monitoring?

Key stakeholders to include SPC, WCPFC, FFA, PNA, National Fisheries Authorities/Govt. (coastal-state and flag-state), TVM, and the fishing industry.

 

OBJECTIVE #2 – Document and evaluate current and future E-Reporting technologies that are potentially suitable for collecting information in the WCPFC tuna fisheries, and recommend the best potential options for WCPFC tuna fisheries

A report covering this work should include, but not be restricted to, the following:

Terms of Reference

1. Evaluation of each type of E-Reporting product/initiative, including sections on each of the following:

  • A brief description of the product/initiative, the product provider contact details, cost, availability, existence of training/documentation, etc. This section should be concise but refer the reader to any web links and/or publications that elaborate on the technical and non-technical aspects of the product.
  • A description of where the product/initiative has been implemented/trialled, including scale of implementation, duration of implementation, etc.
  • A summary of any evaluations of the product/initiative (indicating whether the evaluation was independent or not).  This should include --
    • i.      Specific reference to any opinions of stakeholder(s), particularly noting their opinions on the success or otherwise of the product/initiative.
    • ii.      Technical Issues/constraints encountered
    • iii.      Non-technical issues/constraints encountered, specifically including but not restricted to legal, logistical, socio-economic issues
  • An appraisal of the identified products by the consultant with respect to suitability for large-scale implementation in the WCPFC Tuna Fisheries, including PROS/CONS from both the technical perspective, and the non-technical perspective

2. A table ranking each product/initiative including a descriptive narrative of pros and cons according to the consultant’s evaluation which should include: fit with identified requirements; proven track record of implementation; reliability of technology; flexibility to adapt and improve; potential for delivery through PICs.


 

 

OBJECTIVE #3 - Document and evaluate current and future E-Monitoring technologies that are potentially suitable for WCPFC tuna fisheries

A report covering this work should include, but not restricted to, the following:

Terms of Reference

1. Evaluation of each type of E-Monitoring product/initiative, including sections on each of the following --

  • A brief description of the product/initiative, the product provider contact details, cost, availability, existence of training/documentation, etc. This section should be concise but refer the reader to any web links and/or publications that elaborate on the technical and non-technical aspects of the product.
  • A description of where the product/initiative has been implemented/trialled, including scale of implementation, duration of implementation, etc.
  • A summary of any evaluations of the product/initiative (indicating whether the evaluation was independent or not).  This should include:
    • i.      Specific reference to any opinions of stakeholder(s), particularly noting their opinions on the success or otherwise of the product/initiative.
    • ii.      Technical Issues/constraints encountered
    • iii.      Non-technical issues/constraints encountered, specifically including but not restricted to – Legal, Logistical, Economic issues
    • iv.      Could this product also be used for E-Reporting?
  • An appraisal of the product by the consultant with respect to suitability for large-scale implementation in the WCPFC Tuna Fisheries, including PROS/CONS from both the technical perspective, and the non-technical perspective (see above)

2. A table ranking each product/initiative including a descriptive narrative of pros and cons according to the consultant’s evaluation which should include: fit with identified requirements; proven track record of implementation; reliability of technology; flexibility to adapt and improve; potential for delivery through PICs.


 

 

OBJECTIVE #4 – Propose recommendations for the most practical and efficient framework of E-Reporting and E-Monitoring in the WCFPC Fisheries to guide discussions of a dedicated small working group

A report covering this work should include, but not restricted to, the following:

Terms of Reference

1. A summary review of the outputs of OBJECTIVES #1 thru OBJECTIVE #3

2. Describe the current system and recommendations for the most practical and efficient FRAMEWORK for OBSERVER and LOGSHEET data E-Reporting and E-Monitoring in the WCPFC Fisheries in the future. For the future framework, include a description of:

  • Processes including data acquisition, data management and data dissemination
  • Expected roles of each stakeholder
  • The potential conflicts
  • What legislation is required to accommodate this scenario at both the national and regional level.
  • Anticipated technical support requirements (e.g. equipment and human resources)
  • Cost implications

3. Present a SWOT analysis of current arrangements and the potential future framework, including consideration of a hybrid approach which might best satisfy WCPFC requirements.

4. Identify the critical factors to be considered in the decision making process including:

  • Describing the interrelationships between E-Reporting and E-Monitoring and how they might be integrated, or where they might operate exclusively
  • Describing the decision making factors to be considered, for example, costs and benefits to identified stakeholder groups, timely access to data, quality of data, etc.
  • Identifying which factors are likely to be more important to different stakeholders and how this can be presented and potential conflicts resolved.

5. For the most practical and efficient future FRAMEWORK identified, list the steps involved and the perceived stakeholder(s) responsibilities in order to proceed with large-scale E-Reporting and E-Monitoring implementation in the WCPFC Tuna Fisheries, highlighting important issues that can be documented now or will need specific attention, such as a detailed breakdown of resource needs, cost recovery, changes to legislation, etc.

6. A short discussion and recommendations section, which should include:

  • Reviewing the information at hand, the pros and cons of current approaches, the potential Framework, and including consideration of a hybrid approach
  • Listing the steps involved and the responsibilities of key stakeholders in order to proceed with large-scale E-Reporting and E-Monitoring implementation in the WCPFC Tuna Fisheries, highlighting important issues that can be documented now or will need specific attention, such as a detailed breakdown of resource needs, cost recovery, changes to legislation, etc.
  • Providing a summary (with explanation) of what the consultant recommends would be the best way to progress towards the most practical and efficient framework  for E-Reporting and E-Monitoring, including a clear recommendation for a preferred approach if it is clear there is one.
  • Describing a potential process for decision making to move E-Reporting and E-Monitoring implementation forward through regional meetings/workshops
 
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