Coral Sea Basin (LME) - Results
GEF IDS: 3523
IWC6 Results Note (2011)
Key Basin Project Results
1. National tuna management plan which includes enhancement of fishery data collection, assessment of fish stocks in their waters and allocation of annual allowable catch, monitoring of fishing operations and evaluation processes
2. This project has greatly enhanced the quality of Indonesian and Philippine fishery data that are applied to regional tuna stock assessments conducted for the WCPFC.
3. More than 60 full-time enumerators were hired at local tuna landing sites in the provinces of the three participating countries, along with data managers and data entry assistants to manage the data.
Regional legal agreements and cooperation frameworks
Year: 2004 - Value: YESConvention for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPF Convention) which entered into force on 19 June 2004.
Regional Management Institutions
Year: N/A - Value: YESBody: West Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
The WCPF Convention draws on many of the provisions of the UN Fish Stocks Agreement [UNFSA] while, at the same time, reflecting the special political, socio-economic, geographical and environmental characteristics of the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) region. The WCPFC Convention seeks to address problems in the management of high seas fisheries resulting from unregulated fishing, over-capitalization, excessive fleet capacity, vessel re-flagging to escape controls, insufficiently selective gear, unreliable databases and insufficient multilateral cooperation in respect to conservation and management of highly migratory fish stocks. A framework for the participation of fishing entities in the Commission which legally binds fishing entities to the provisions of the Convention, participation by territories and possessions in the work of the Commission, recognition of special requirements of developing States, and cooperation with other Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMO) whose respective areas of competence overlap with the WCPFC reflect the unique geo-political environment in which the Commission operates.
The Commission supports three subsidiary bodies; the Scientific Committee, Technical and Compliance Committee, and the Northern Committee, that each meet once during each year. The meetings of the subsidiary bodies are followed by a full session of the Commission. The work of the Commission is assisted by a Finance and Administration Committee.
Australia, China, Canada, Cook Islands, European Union, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, Japan, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Chinese Taipei, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu.
Year: N/A - Value: YESThrough this project, each participating country has developed a national tuna management plan which includes enhancement of fishery data collection, assessment of fish stocks in their waters and allocation of annual allowable catch, monitoring of fishing operations and evaluation processes. Management plans were first developed in Indonesia and Vietnam through this project, while an existing management plan was revised in the case of Philippines. The developed national plans were submitted to each respective government for review, approval and implementation.
Each participating country has provincial associations but there were no concrete activities on a national level in Indonesia and Vietnam, though both have initiated appropriate national structures. The project supported the establishment or updating of the structure and functioning of national level tuna associations.