Posted by : Quoting Radio New Zealand Posted on : 24-Sep-2019

Call for Pacific regional fisheries committee to ban trans-shipping

Quoting Radio New Zealand – 24 September 2019

“American researchers are calling for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Committee to ban trans-shipping.

“The Pew Charitable Trust said tens of millions of dollars each year was lost to the practice of offloading catch before it reached its final destination.

“A 2016 survey found that dozens of vessels were likely carrying out unauthorised trans-shipment in the Pacific.

“Lead author Mark Young said the commission needed to introduce stronger monitoring processes, including mandatory fishing observers.

"Just taking a look at the public information that was available, the way they manage it was compromised because of the amount of information gaps or non-standardised reporting, or even the lack of reporting."

“Mr Young said changes would come down to the political will of Pacific member states.”

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