Data Related Provisions of the WCPFC
Monday, 11 October 2010 11:54
  • General principle for conservation and management of highly migratory fish stocks

Article 5 (i): In order to conserve and manage highly migratory fish stocks in the Convention Area in their entirety, the members of the Commission shall, …collect and share, in a timely manner, complete and accurate data concerning fishing activities on, inter alia, vessel position, catch of target and non-target species and fishing effort, as well as information from national and international research programmes;

  • Framework for data under the WCPF Convention:
 
  • Members obligations in respect of data

Article 23 (2) Each member shall…

a) provide annually to the Commission statistical, biological and other data and information in accordance with Annex I of the [UN Fish Stocks] Agreement and, in addition, such data and information as the Commission may require;

b) provide to the Commission in the manner and at such intervals as may be required by the Commission, information concerning its fishing activities in the Convention Area, including fishing areas and fishing vessels in order to facilitate the compilation of reliable catch and effort statistics;

c) provide to the Commission at such intervals as may be required information on steps taken to implement the conservation and management measures adopted by the Commission.

 

(3) The members of the Commission shall keep the Commission informed of the measures they have adopted for the conservation and management of highly migratory fish stocks in areas within the Convention Area under their national jurisdiction. The Commission shall circulate periodically such information to all members.

(4) Each member of the Commission shall keep the Commission informed of the measures it has adopted for regulating the activities of fishing vessels flying its flag which fish in the Convention Area. The Commission shall circulate periodically such information to all members.

  • Functions of the Commission in respect of data:

Article 10(1):

d) adopt standards for collection, verification and for the timely exchange and reporting of data on fisheries for highly migratory fish stocks in the Convention Area in accordance with Annex I of the [UN Fish Stocks] Agreement, which shall form an integral part of this Convention;

e) compile and disseminate accurate and complete statistical data to ensure that the best scientific information is available, while maintaining confidentiality, where appropriate;

 

 
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