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    Report of the 12th Session of the Compliance Committee 2015
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    The 12th Session of the Compliance Committee (CoC) of the Indian Ocean Tu Commission (IOTC) was held in Busan, Rep. of Korea from 20–22 April 2015. The welcome address was given by Mr. Jeongseok Park of the Intertiol Cooperation Division, Overseas Fisheries and Intertiol Policy Bureau, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea. The meeting was opened by the Chair, Mr. Herminio Tembe (Mozambique). A total of 88 delegates attended the Session, composed of 72 delegates from 22 Contracting Parties (Members) of the Commission, 1 delegate from Senegal, of the 3 Cooperating Non-Contracting Parties, and 16 delegates from 10 Observers (including 5 invited experts). (para. 2) The CoC RECALLED that the purpose of the Compliance Committee meeting is to strengthen compliance amongst Contracting Parties (Members), and Cooperating Non-Contracting Parties (CPCs) by firstly reviewing progress made during the 2014/2015 intersessiol period, identifying outstanding issues of non- compliance as w ell identifying the challenges and difficulties that each CPC and notably developing coastal States are facing in enforcing and complying with IOTC Conservation and Magement Measures (CMMs), and filly to encourage such improvement during the next intersessiol period. (para. 8) The CoC NOTED that although there has been a continued improvement in the levels of compliance by some CPCs in 2014, there are still many CPCs not meeting their obligations to provide information under the various CMMs cov ered in the paper. Some of the required information is not only important to ensure the completeness of datasets, but also to allow the CoC to fully assess the level of compliance of CPCs with the CMMs to monitor the catch and capacity of fleets actively fishing for tu and tu-like species under the mandate of IOTC. (para. 14) The CoC NOTED that the compliance reports assessing the reporting requirements are more quantitative and does not consider the quality of the information provided. The foll owing are a subset of the complete recommendations from the CoC12 to the Commission, which are provided at Appendix XI. (para. 28) NOTING that the deadline for submitting Fleet Development Plans was at the end of 2009 for those CPCs who were part of the Commission at the time, the CoC RECOMMENDED that those CPCs that have expressed their desire to submit a Fleet Development Plan to do so as soon as possible.. (para. 48) The CoC RECOMMENDED that when countries are requesting the renewal of their CNCP status they have to participate in the work of the CoC and the Commission. (para. 90) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the vessels listed in para 89 remain on the IOTC IUU Vessels List as no further information was provided to the CoC12 during its deliberations (para. 127) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the Working Group on High Seas Boarding Scheme continue its work during the intersessiol period and report the result of its work to the CoC13. (para. 133) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the IOTC Secretariat co ntinues with those capacity building activities and to include similar activities that would allow CPCs to address the issue of mandatory statistics. (para. 142) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the Commission considers renewing the status of Senegal as Cooperating Non-Contracting Party of the IOTC: (para. 143) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the Commission considers granting Bangladesh the status of Cooperating Non-Contracting Party for the first time (para. 147) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the concerned CPCs co nsider the development of a proposal on a Working Party on Compliance for S20.
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    Report of the Eleventh Session of the Compliance Committee 2014
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    The Eleventh Session of the Compliance Committee (CoC) of the Indian Ocean Tu Commission (IOTC) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from the 26–28 May 2014. The welcome address was given by the Director General of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Mr. Nimal Hettiarachchi, Sri Lanka. The meeting was opened by the Chair, Mr. Herminio Tembe (Mozambique). A total of 122 delegates attended the Session, composed of 96 delegates from 25 Contracting Parties (Members) of the Commission, 1 del egate from 1 of the 2 Cooperating Non- Contracting Parties and 16 delegates from 7 Observers (including 9 invited experts). (para. 2) The CoC RECALLED that the purpose of the meeting is to strengthen compliance amongst Members, i.e. Contracting Parties, and Cooperating Non-Contracting Parties (CPCs) by firstly reviewing progress made during the 2013/2014 intersessiol period, identifying outstanding issues of non-compliance as well identifying the challenges and difficulties that each CPC and not ably developing coastal States are facing in enforcing and complying with IOTC Conservation and Magement Measures (CMMs), and filly to encourage such improvement during the next intersessiol period. The following are a subset of the complete recommendations from the CoC11 to the Commission, which are provided at Appendix IX. Identification of possible infringements under the Regiol observer programme (para. 69) The CoC RECOMMENDED that those CPCs identified in paper IOTC–2014–CoC11–08c Rev_1 and Add_1, a summary of possible infractions of IOTC regulations by large-scale fishing vessels (LSTLVs/carrier vessels), which have not submitted any response to the Committee investigate and report back to the IOTC via the Secretariat, the findings of their investigations, within three months of the end of the 18th Session of the Commission, by submitting reports on the follow-up on the irregularities identified. In order to assist with the comprehensive evaluation of any alleged infringement, co pies of the logbooks, VMS plots, licenses and any other relevant documents should be provided by the flag States, as necessary. Review of options for a regiol high-seas boarding and inspection scheme for the IOTC area (para. 110) The CoC RECOMMENDED the creation of either an informal, inter-sessiol working group to discuss further the ‘Regiol high-seas boarding and inspection scheme’ involving interested CPCs, or via the proposed Working Party on Compliance (IOTC–2014–S18–PropQ), if adopted by t he Commission, in order to develop the guideline further and subsequent proposal for a Conservation and Magement Measure. If a separate working group is formed, then the group should meet, to the extent possible, via electronic means to minimise costs. (para. 113) The CoC RECOMMENDED that all CPCs inform fishing vessel owners, companies and agents of the advisability of reporting intention to transit through another CPCs waters, and to provide details of the reporting formats, such as that for U K(OT) contained in Circular 2013–51. (para. 114) The CoC RECOMMENDED that all CPCs inform fishing vessel owners, companies and agents of the requirements to comply with IOTC CMMs and to include this within terms and conditions of licencing and fisheries legislation. (para. 115) The CoC RECOMMENDED that all IOTC coastal State enforcement bodies consider completing a common ‘Reporting Form for Activity Not Compliant with IOTC Resolutions’ for any inspections carried out on board vessels in transit through their waters, and report a summary of this to IOTC Secretariat for the CoC, at least annually. (para. 116) The CoC RECOMMNEDED that as part of its review and consolidation of IOTC CMMs the Commission should revise all relevant CMMs such that they apply to any vessel, irrespective of its size, registered on the IOTC Record of Vessels which operate in the IOTC area of competence and which fish outside their tiol fisheries jurisdiction for species covered by the IOTC Agreement. Activities by the Secretariat in Support of Capacity Building for Developing CPCs (para. 129) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the Commission consider its continued support of the work of the Secretariat in 2014/15, to allow it to undertake additiol capacity building missions to improve the implementation of CMMs by IOTC Members, and to consider further developing the plan of work for 2014/15. Adoption of the Report of the 11th Session of the Compliance Committee (para. 145) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the Commission consider the consolidated set of recommendations arising from CoC11, provided at Appendix IX.   
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    Report of the Tenth Session of the Compliance Committee 2013
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    The Tenth Session of the Compliance Committee (CoC) of the Indian Ocean Tu Commission (IOTC) was held in Mauritius from the 2–4 May, 2013. The meeting was opened by the Chair, Mr. Roberto Cesari (European Union). A total of 113 delegates from 25 Members of the Commission, 2 Cooperating non-Contracting Parties and 9 Observers attended the Session. (para. 2) The CoC RECALLED that the purpose of the meeting is to strengthen compliance among Members, i.e. Contracting Parties, and Cooperating Non-Con tracting Parties (CPCs) by firstly reviewing progress made during the 2012/2013 intersessiol period, identifying outstanding issues of non-compliance as well identifying the challenges and difficulties that each CPC and notably developing coastal States are facing in enforcing and complying with IOTC Conservation and Magement Measures (CMMs), and filly to encourage such improvement during the next intersessiol period. The following are a subset of the complete recommendations from the CoC10 to t he Commission, which are provided at Appendix VII. Overview of the Implementation of IOTC Conservation and Magement Measures (para. 8) Noting the specific issues identified during the CoC10, which many CPCs were encountering difficulty in implementing, specifically meeting the 5% minimum observer coverage level, minimum data reporting requirements, implementing the port State measures and a vessel monitoring scheme (particularly for small scale fisheries), and difficulties in interpreting some I OTC’s CMMs, the CoC RECOMMENDED that CPCs continue efforts in improving their compliance status and in doing so utilise the knowledge and experience available at the IOTC Secretariat to assist them in ensuring they fully understand their obligations as outlined in the various CMMs of the Commission. Review of the Effects of Piracy on at Sea Inspections (para. 79) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the Commission consider whether a potential best practice protocol for vessels in transit with armed guards o n board and whether a formal and binding magement measure on a regiol high-seas boarding and inspection scheme should be developed in the future. Update on Progress Regarding the Performance Review (para. 84) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the Commission consider whether another IOTC Performance Review should be undertaken in 2014, given that the previous review was completed in 2009. Activities by the Secretariat in Support of Capacity Building for Developing CPCs (para. 87) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the Commission consider its continued support of the work of the Secretariat in 2013, to allow it to undertake additiol capacity building missions to improve the implementation of CMMs by IOTC Members, and to consider developing a plan of work for 2013/14. Review of the Draft and Adoption of the Report of the Tenth Session of the Compliance Committee (para. 100) The CoC RECOMMENDED that the Commission consider the consolidated set of recommendations arising from CoC10, provided at Appendix VII.

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