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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 Ninth Session of the IOTC Working Party on Data Collection and Statistics 2013
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    The Ninth Session of the Indian Ocean Tu Commission’s (IOTC) Working Party on Data Collection and Statistics (WPDCS) was held in Busan, Rep. of Korea, from 29 to 30 November 2013. A total of 23 participants attended the Session. The following are a subset of the complete recommendations from the WPDCS09 to the Scientific Committee, which are provided at Appendix VI. The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the IOTC Scientific Committee considers to propose amendments to IOTC Resolution 10/02 to the Commission . (WPDCS09.01 (para. 14)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the total number of days-at-sea covered by observers versus the total number of days-at-sea for each fleet over a year is used to estimate levels of coverage by observers under the Regiol Observer Scheme, instead of the number of trips. (WPDCS09.02 (para. 15)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that India reports a revised time-series of catch and effort for its longline fleet to the IOTC. (WPDCS09.04 (para. 25)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that Iran reports the available series of catch and effort data for its fisheries as a matter of priority. (WPDCS09.05 (para. 29)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the IOTC Secretariat considers funding scientists and statistical officers from non IOC countries to the IOC-SmartFish funded regiol Workshop to understand the IOTC Data Requirements, in particular scientists and statistical officers from Iran, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. (WPDCS09.06 (para. 31) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that joint work on the documentation of procedu res for the collection, processing and reporting of size frequency data continues, based on a template produced by the IOTC Secretariat. (WPDCS09.07 (para. 41)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the Commission considers funding of future activities under the Regiol Observer Scheme, by allocating specific funds to the implementation of capacity building activities in developing coastal countries of the IOTC Region. (WPDCS09.08 (para. 54)) The WPDCS NOTED that Maldives is working with the IOTC Secretaria t in the estimation of ratios of catch yellowfin tu:bigeye tu for its fisheries, and RECOMMENDED that Maldives filizes this work as soon as possible and reports a new series of catch to the IOTC and the results of this alysis to the next Meeting of the WPDCS and WPTT. (WPDCS09.09 (para. 59)) The WPDCS AGREED on the need to select a set of official equations to be used in the preparation of input files for the assessments of stocks of IOTC species and sharks, or other procedures used on those ass essments and RECOMMENDED that document IOTC–2013–WPDCS09–13 Rev_1 is forwarded to the Working Parties concerned for further consideration. The WPDCS further RECOMMENDED that, where possible, the Working Parties contemplate the use of keys to convert from non-standard measurements to standard measurements over deterministic methods. (WPDCS09.10 (para. 67)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the IOTC Secretariat creates a template, preferably using MS Excel, to facilitate reporting of the Observer Trip Re ports, and makes it available through the IOTC Web Page. (WPDCS09.11 (para. 68)) The WPDCS NOTED the plans from the IOTC Secretariat to resume publication of the IOTC Data Summary in electronic form and RECOMMENDED that the IOTC Secretariat carries out this work during 2014 and presents the new Web based system to the next meeting of the WPDCS. (WPDCS09.12 (para. 69)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the Scientific Committee note the new Chairperson, Dr Emmanuel Chassot (EU-France), of the WPDCS for t he next biennium. (WPDCS09.13 (para. 72))
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    Report of the Ninth Session of the IOTC Working Party on Data Collection and Statistics 2013
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    The Ninth Session of the Indian Ocean Tu Commission’s (IOTC) Working Party on Data Collection and Statistics (WPDCS) was held in Busan, Rep. of Korea, from 29 to 30 November 2013. A total of 23 participants attended the Session. The following are a subset of the complete recommendations from the WPDCS09 to the Scientific Committee, which are provided at Appendix VI. The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the IOTC Scientific Committee considers to propose amendments to IOTC Resolution 10/02 to the Commission . (WPDCS09.01 (para. 14)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the total number of days-at-sea covered by observers versus the total number of days-at-sea for each fleet over a year is used to estimate levels of coverage by observers under the Regiol Observer Scheme, instead of the number of trips. (WPDCS09.02 (para. 15)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that India reports a revised time-series of catch and effort for its longline fleet to the IOTC. (WPDCS09.04 (para. 25)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that Iran reports the available series of catch and effort data for its fisheries as a matter of priority. (WPDCS09.05 (para. 29)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the IOTC Secretariat considers funding scientists and statistical officers from non IOC countries to the IOC-SmartFish funded regiol Workshop to understand the IOTC Data Requirements, in particular scientists and statistical officers from Iran, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. (WPDCS09.06 (para. 31) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that joint work on the documentation of procedu res for the collection, processing and reporting of size frequency data continues, based on a template produced by the IOTC Secretariat. (WPDCS09.07 (para. 41)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the Commission considers funding of future activities under the Regiol Observer Scheme, by allocating specific funds to the implementation of capacity building activities in developing coastal countries of the IOTC Region. (WPDCS09.08 (para. 54)) The WPDCS NOTED that Maldives is working with the IOTC Secretaria t in the estimation of ratios of catch yellowfin tu:bigeye tu for its fisheries, and RECOMMENDED that Maldives filizes this work as soon as possible and reports a new series of catch to the IOTC and the results of this alysis to the next Meeting of the WPDCS and WPTT. (WPDCS09.09 (para. 59)) The WPDCS AGREED on the need to select a set of official equations to be used in the preparation of input files for the assessments of stocks of IOTC species and sharks, or other procedures used on those ass essments and RECOMMENDED that document IOTC–2013–WPDCS09–13 Rev_1 is forwarded to the Working Parties concerned for further consideration. The WPDCS further RECOMMENDED that, where possible, the Working Parties contemplate the use of keys to convert from non-standard measurements to standard measurements over deterministic methods. (WPDCS09.10 (para. 67)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the IOTC Secretariat creates a template, preferably using MS Excel, to facilitate reporting of the Observer Trip Re ports, and makes it available through the IOTC Web Page. (WPDCS09.11 (para. 68)) The WPDCS NOTED the plans from the IOTC Secretariat to resume publication of the IOTC Data Summary in electronic form and RECOMMENDED that the IOTC Secretariat carries out this work during 2014 and presents the new Web based system to the next meeting of the WPDCS. (WPDCS09.12 (para. 69)) The WPDCS RECOMMENDED that the Scientific Committee note the new Chairperson, Dr Emmanuel Chassot (EU-France), of the WPDCS for t he next biennium. (WPDCS09.13 (para. 72))

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