After 18 months of development and testing CCAMLR has launched a new web-based electronic CDS (e-CDS) to support the implementation of the CDS. CCAMLR’s CDS tracks toothfish from the point of landing throughout the trade cycle and is a key component of CCAMLR’s fishery monitoring and compliance efforts.
CCAMLR first piloted an e-CDS in 2004 which was fully implemented and made mandatory in 2010. In 2013 CCAMLR commenced an independent review of the CDS and agreed to develop a new e-CDS to provide for greater functionality.
The new e-CDS has been developed by the Secretariat and a local company, Eighty Options, with considerable input and testing by e-CDS users across the globe. The new e-CDS provides for greater security and auditing, is easier to use and ensures the provision of quality-assured data on the global trade of toothfish. A key feature for the new e-CDS is the ability for industry to have limited access to the e-CDS to directly input CDS data.
This is just another step CCAMLR has taken to ensure States can identify the origins of toothfish entering their markets and determine whether fish harvested in the Convention Area was caught in a manner consistent with CCAMLR conservation measures.