CCAMLR has identified, through Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS) and global trade data, that several South East Asian States trade in toothfish. Through the non-Contracting Party (NCP) Engagement Strategy, CCAMLR seeks the cooperation of these States in the voluntary implementation of the CDS.
Over the past few years, CCAMLR has sought the cooperation of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam through the Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices including Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the Region (RPOA-IUU), the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and through their national fisheries and customs agencies. The workshop was the culmination of efforts to make the right connections within each State.
Sarah Lenel, CCAMLR's Fishery Monitoring and Compliance Manager, highlighted the importance of such international cooperation.
"Promoting cooperation with NCPs that trade in toothfish is vital to ensuring the effective implementation of the CDS," said Ms Lenel.
During the workshop, participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam had the opportunity to learn about CCAMLR, the CDS and the electronic CDS (e-CDS) and ways that they could cooperate with CCAMLR. Participants were invited to consider requesting the status of an NCP cooperating with CCAMLR by monitoring toothfish trade through limited access to the e-CDS and CCAMLR offered any support needed in this regard.
The Secretariat was supported by participants from Japan, Australia and Singapore and all agree that the workshop was a successful step in promoting cooperation with CCAMLR.
John Davis from Australia, who assisted with the running of the workshop, feels that positive outcomes from the meeting are already evident.
"It's clear that participants understand that the administrative burden of cooperating with CCAMLR is minimal," said Mr Davis.
"They appreciate the significant benefits of this cooperation, including access to higher valued CCAMLR Member markets.
"Participants can also see that recognition for adopting best practise in fisheries trade, by markets such as the European Union, can lead to higher revenue from the application of appropriate importation taxes," he said.