WCPFC -  Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 WCPFC Convention Map

  

 


 Addresses/contacts

Direção-Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos (DGRM)
Avenida Brasília
1449-030 Lisboa/Portugal
Telephone:213035700 Fax: 213035702

 

 

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
Kaselehlie Street
PO Box 2356
Kolonia
Pohnpei State, 96941
Federated States of Micronesia
Phone +691 320 1992 or 320 1993
Fax: +691 320 1108
Email:
wcpfc@wcpfc.int
Web site: https://www.wcpfc.int/

 

 Description

WCPFC is a Regional Fisheries Organization established under the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. The objective of the WCPFC is to ensure effective management of highly migratory fish stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.


 Bodies:

Commission: It is the decision-making body of the Convention. It has international legal personality and legal capacity to carry out its functions and achieve its objectives. The Commission shall hold an annual meeting. The conservation and management measures adopted by the Commission are binding for the Contracting Parties.


Scientific Committee: The function of the Scientific Committee is to ensure that the Commission obtains the best scientific information available.

 

Technical and Compliance Committee: The function of this Committee is to provide the Commission with information, technical advice and recommendations on the implementation and enforcement of conservation and management measures.

 

Northern Committee: makes recommendations on the application of conservation and management measures that may be adopted by the Commission for the northern zone of 20 ° N.

 

Working Groups

In 2006, an ad hoc working data group (AHTG Data) was established.

 

Secretariat

The permanent secretariat consists of an executive director and his staff. The Executive Director is the Commission's chief administrative officer.


 Eligibility conditions

 

  • Have a valid fishing license in accordance with Article 6 of the Control Regulation (Regulation 1224/2009);
  • Implementation of the relevant IMO Vessel Identification System if required under Union law;
  • The fishing vessel is not on a list of IUU vessels adopted by an RFMO and / or the Union under the IUU Regulation;
  • The flag Member State has fishing opportunities under the fisheries agreement in question;
  • Have a satellite monitoring system (VMS) installed and operational;
  • Have a system for the electronic filling and transmission of fishing logbook data installed and operational;
  • Have valid certificates of airworthiness and compliance; and,
  • Have a VMS system specific to WCPFC (Measure 2011-02) installed and operational.

 

 Authorized vessels

https://www.wcpfc.int/record-fishing-vessel-database


 Species

Populations of tunas and related species

 

 Species with special catch registration and control regimes
 

Bigeye tuna

Yellowfin tuna

Albacore tuna

Skipjack tuna

 

 By-catches

  • by-catch reduction as far as possible;
  • Reduction of bycatch of sea turtles (see Measure 2008-03) and respective guide. See also FAO Guide;
  • Reduction of by-catch of seabirds;

 

 Fishing Gear

  • Surface longliners

  
 Embarkation of observers

A minimum coverage of 5%

 

 Interdiction / Closed areas

Swordfish catch is prohibited in the area bounded on the north by the parallel 20 S, on the south on the parallel 60 S, on the East on the Meridian 150 E and on the West on the Meridian 130 W.

 

Legislation

Convention

Conservation and management measures