FAD Minimum Data Fields to be Recorded by WCPFC Vessel Operators

PNA, Tokelau (2023) FAD Minimum Data Fields to be Recorded by WCPFC Vessel Operators. In: WCPFC Scientific Committee 19th Regular Session. WCPFC-SC19-2023/ST-WP-05, Koror, Palau

Note: This paper is a revised version of WCPFC-SC18-2022/ST-IP-09. The revisions to the proposed FAD data fields are a response to comments at SC18 and experience with the collection of FAD data from vessel operators in 2022.

At WCPFC12: “596. The Commission agreed that vessel operators should provide data on FADs covering the following two major areas: a. FAD design and construction of FAD to be deployed or encountered (materials, electronics, size, etc) b. FAD activity (deploying, retrieving, setting, visiting, loss etc.)” In response, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA)2 have developed requirements for provision of data on FAD design and construction and FAD activity by purse seine vessel operators which have been applied for licensed vessels from January 1st 2022. This information is critical for scientific analyses to guide management of FADs in the waters of PNA and the WCPO, as well as to monitor compliance.