WCPFC Bycatch Mitigation Information System

Fitzsimmons L (2010) WCPFC Bycatch Mitigation Information System. In: WCPFC Scientific Committee Sixth Regular Session. WCPFC SC6-EB-IP-06, Nukualofa, Tonga

Purpose The purpose of this information paper is to describe the WCPFC Bycatch Mitigation Information System (BMIS) and to outline its development and current and future needs, including ongoing maintenance.

Introduction The WCPFC BMIS database system has been developed over the past 3 years to manage and facilitate access to information covering (i) bycatch and (ii) bycatch mitigation in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO). Specifications for a database system were presented in an information paper at the WCPFC Scientific Committee meeting in 2007 (SC3; Williams 2007). The database houses information on species encountered in WCPFC fisheries, as well as mitigation measures or methods relevant to the WCPFC fisheries, the species they relate to, and how they are linked to WCPFC Decisions (and Decisions of other RFMOs), where relevant.

Specifications include web-accessibility; the BMIS will be launched on the WCPFC web site in 2010. In the interim the BMIS can be accessed at http://www.spc.int/ofp/mitigation.