Reports of the regional vessel monitoring systems workshops: Southwest Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, Central America and Southeast Asia.

FAO/FishCode Review No. 14

Reports of the regional vessel monitoring systems workshops: Southwest Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, Central America and Southeast Asia.


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Rome, 2005

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Foreword

This document contains the reports of four regional workshops on vessel monitoring systems (VMS), respectively covering the Southwest Indian Ocean, Central America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. The workshops were organized and implemented in succession from September 2003 to October 2004 by the FAO Fishing Technology Service (FIIT) and the FishCode Programme of the FAO Fisheries Department. They extend the series that commenced in October 2002 with a workshop covering parts of West Africa (Saly, Senegal: see FAO Fisheries Report No. 696). These workshops were intended to promote the use of VMS as an additional instrument for the management of fisheries, both at a national level and in cooperation with regional fishery bodies. They comprise one aspect of FAOs larger set of activities to implement the International Plan of Action (IPOA) to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. Technical and financial support for the workshop series was provided by the FAO Fisheries Department through the Regular Programme, and by the FishCode Programme through the FishCode Trust (MTF/GLO/125/MUL) and the FishCode IUU Fishing Project (GCP/INT/849/USA). This report has been assembled and edited by Kieran Kelleher (FIIT consultant) and Eric Reynolds (FishCode Programme Coordinator), with the assistance of Andrew Smith (FIIT) and Robert Harman (FishCode/FIIT Visiting Expert). Ms Nila Petralli, Mr Avilio Medina Pizzali, Ms Tina Farmer, Ms Franoise Schatto-Terribile and the FAO - Fishery Information, Data and Statistics Unit (FIDI) kindly helped with manuscript preparation. Special thanks are due to all of those who facilitated workshops in the respective regions including: the officers and staff of the Seychelles Fishing Authority and the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and Dr David Ardill (Secretary, IOTC), for the Southwest Indian Ocean; officers and staff of the Fisheries Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources, Trinidad and Tobago, the office of the FAO Representative in Trinidad and Tabago, the FAO Subregional Office for the Caribbean (SLAC) and Mr Bisessar Chakalall (Senior Fishery Officer, SLAC), for the Caribbean; Ms Vielka Morales (Coordinadora de Apoyo Tcnico, Organizacin del Sector Pesquero y Acucola del Istmo Centroamericano [OSPESCA]), officers and staff of the Autoridad Martima de Panam and the Ministerio de Desarrollo Agropecuario, Panama, and Mr Francisco Pereira (Senior Fisheries Officer, FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean), for Central America; and the officers and staff of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), and Mr Derek Staples (Senior Fishery Officer, RAP), for Southeast Asia. The FishCode Review series publishes results of studies, missions, consultations, workshops, meetings and other project activities undertaken through the Programme, in furtherance of the objective of facilitating implementation of the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and related international fisheries instruments and plans of action. Individual issues in the series are distributed to appropriate governments, regional bodies, meeting participants and Programme partners. For further information on Programme background, publications and activities, please consult the Website at http://www.fao.org/fi/fishcode.htm


FAO/FishCode.
Reports of the regional vessel monitoring systems workshops: Southwest Indian Ocean, Central America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia.
FAO/FishCode Review. No. 14. Rome, FAO. 2005. 91p.
Includes a CD-ROM.

ABSTRACT

This document contains the reports of four regional workshops on vessel monitoring systems (VMS) respectively covering the Southwest Indian Ocean, Central America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. They were organized and implemented in succession from September 2003 to October 2004. The workshops were intended to promote the use of VMS as an additional instrument for the management of fisheries, both at a national level and in cooperation with regional fishery bodies. These workshops comprised one aspect of FAOs larger set of activities to implement the International Plan of Action (IPOA) to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. The proceedings and outcomes of each of the workshops are reported in Parts I through IV of the document. The report and related documentation for the Central America Workshop appear in the original Spanish. Full country reports made by the participants, and technical presentations made by FAO resource persons at each of the workshops, are provided on an accompanying CD-ROM. All material may also be accessed through the FishCode Programme Web site, at http://www.fao.org/fi/fishcode.htm

Keywords: Vessel monitoring systems; VMS; monitoring, control and surveillance; MCS; Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries; CCRF; International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing; IPOA-IUU; management of fishing capacity; coastal fisheries; Caribbean; Central America; Southwest Indian Ocean; Southeast Asia.


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