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Effective monitoring of compliance with fishing rules requires teamwork between people from many organisations and countries. Photo credit: Francisco Blaha.

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) provides monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) policy and services to its members. This is to build national capacity and regional solidarity so that the Pacific Island states can effectively control fishing in the region, including illegal, unreported and unknown (IUU) fishing.

The FFA’s support includes:

FFA is also engaged in developing national capacity to carry out MCS analysis.

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCFPC) sets rules for managing fishing on the high seas, and for combatting problems such as unregulated fishing, too many fleets in operation, and bycatch. It authorises, monitors, and keeps records of the following systems and schemes, which are described in conservation and management measures (CMMs):

Records of meetings, proceedings, reports of the Technical and Compliance Committee are on the WCPFC website.

The Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) of the Pacific Community (SPC) is the regional centre for research on tuna fisheries, fishery monitoring, assessments of tuna numbers and health, and data management. This information helps the Pacific Island states to carry out compliance operations.

OFP also aims to build regional and national capacity in the monitoring, control and surveillance of regional tuna fisheries, with the aim of eliminating illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.