In these reports, we share our research-based recommendations for sustainable tuna fisheries management, covering observer programs, transshipment, and many other key topics.

Best practices reports are authored by our fisheries policy experts and/or fisheries scientists. See also our companion “best practices snapshots” series and our scientific reports.

ISSF 2021-08: RFMO Vessel Monitoring Systems: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices*

Date Added: February 26, 2021
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Tags: Best Practices, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC
Authors: Holly Koehler
Language: English
Report Type: Technical Report

Description

Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) for highly migratory species, straddling stocks and discrete high-seas stocks, have established either centralized RFMO satellite vessel monitoring systems (VMS) for the high seas of their areas of competence or prescribed requirements for national VMS systems to apply to vessels that operate in the RFMO areas of competence.

This Technical Report examines and compares these existing RFMO VMS programs and the prescribed operational and technical specifications. In the final section of the Report, the results of the survey of RFMO VMS programs are used to identify a set of Best Practices for VMS.

See also our RFMO Best Practices Snapshot on vessel monitoring systems.