Regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Strategy (RMCSS) 2018 – 2023

Forum Fisheries Committee endorses a 5 year Regional MCS Strategy to further reduce IUU fishing in Pacific tuna fisheries.

Despite significant progress, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing still exists in Pacific tuna fisheries. The 2016 IUU Quantification Report estimated the value of total product either harvested or transhipped involving IUU activity in Pacific tuna fisheries at USD $616.11m, with a potential economic loss to FFA Members of $152.67m per year. This IUU fishing is mostly driven by licensed vessels (over 95% of the total estimated volume and value of IUU activity) and predominantly relates to under-reporting, misreporting and non-reporting. Therefore, an important focus of this Strategy is on improving levels of compliance amongst licensed fleets.

The Regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Strategy (RMCSS) aims to further reduce IUU fishing in the region through enhanced monitoring, control and surveillance programmes and strengthening compliance and enforcement. FFA Members are committed to addressing IUU fishing through continued regional cooperation and collaboration.