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Monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) has been occurring in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean tuna fisheries for 40 years.

  • The world-class Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre (RFSC) uses cutting-edge technology to provide up-to-the-minute information on fishing vessel movements and operations. It combines data from different sources into an interactive map called the regional surveillance picture and conveys it to the 17 member countries of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) to help them manage compliance with fishing rules in their territorial waters. Fisheries information is stored in the secure databases of the Regional Information Management Facility of the RFSC. The centre also helps coordinate regional MCS operations and carry out analysis of the information obtained from the surveillance picture with other data sets (logsheets and observer reports) to analyse the information streams for anomalies.
  • The FFA’s Vessel Monitoring System allows allows FFA members to track and monitor fishing activities across the region.
  • The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) describes its contribution to sustainable tuna fishing and the conservation of oceans in its 2016 annual report, Best practices, better solutions. The report also contains features on best practices in the use and management of fish-aggregating devices (FADs), electronic monitoring and reporting, and rules to control the harvesting of tuna and other seafood.
Quantifying transhipments from longliners is critical for monitoring, control and surveillance. Photo credit: Francisco Blaha.

ISSF also publishes two-page snapshots of best practices in different aspects of tuna fishing. Each snapshot shows the progress of each RFMO in implementing those practices.