Improving monitoring and control of transhipments continues to be a key issue for CCAMLR. The 2nd Performance Review Panel (PR2) has recommended that CCAMLR take action on transhipments, but this has not yet occurred. ASOC provides further detail on how CCAMLR could implement the PR2 recommendations and make CCAMLR a leader in this area. ASOC recommends that CCAMLR:
- Prevent NCP carrier vessels from being authorized to tranship as CCAMLR has limited ability to hold non-contracting parties accountable for non-compliance by their flagged vessels.
- Develop and require use of a standardized transhipment declaration form to ensure consistent reporting between vessels. This is a requirement at many RFMOs including ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC, and IATTC.
- Require 100% VMS reporting for transshipment events and 100% observer coverage for such events, including on carrier vessels.
- Provide an annual report to SCIC on transshipments to provide full transparency on catches in the Convention Area.