Conservation and Management Measures, and Resolutions

Note on Interpreting Commission Decisions:  
To clarify the legal implications of the range of decisions that the WCPFC may take, the Second Meeting of the WCPFC (see WCPFC/Comm2/29 14 December 2005) adopted the following nomenclature for its decisions.

Resolutions describe non-binding statements and recommendations addressed to members of the Commission and Cooperating non-members. Such Resolutions are sequentially numbered and include the year of adoption.

Conservation and Management Measures (CMMs) describe binding decisions relating to conservation and management measures. Such decisions are sequentially numbered and include the year of adoption.

Other Decisions of the Commission describe all other decisions made by the Commission.

Link to download compilation of currently in force CMMs and Resolutions of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

** The compendium includes an introduction that provides the list of currently in force CMMs and Resolutions and notes on any CMMs that the current CMMs have replaced.

 

Reference Number
Status
Type
Topics

Conservation and Management Measures (CMMs)

Reference No Title Effective Topic
CMM 2023-04
Conservation and Management Measure for the Compliance Monitoring Scheme
Supersedes:
06 Feb 2024 - Current Compliance Monitoring Scheme
CMM 2023-03
Conservation and Management Measure for North Pacific Swordfish
Supersedes:
06 Feb 2024 - Current Swordfish
CMM 2023-02
Conservation and Management Measure for Pacific Bluefin Tuna
Supersedes:
06 Feb 2024 - Current Pacific Bluefin tuna
CMM 2023-01
Conservation and Management Measure for Bigeye, Yellowfin and Skipjack Tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean
Supersedes:
06 Feb 2024 - Current Bigeye tuna, Skipjack tuna and Yellowfin tuna
CMM 2022-06
Conservation and Management Measure on Daily Catch and Effort Reporting
Supersedes:
01 Jan 2024 - Current Daily Catch and Effort Reporting
CMM 2022-05
Standards, specifications and procedures for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Record of Fishing Vessels
Supersedes:
04 Jun 2023 - Current Record of Fishing Vessels
CMM 2022-04
Conservation and Management Measure for Sharks
Supersedes:
01 Feb 2023 - Current Sharks
CMM 2022-03
Conservation and Management Measure on Establishing a Harvest Strategy for key fisheries and stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean
Supersedes:
01 Feb 2023 - Current Harvest Strategies
CMM 2022-01
Conservation and Management Measure on a Management Procedure for WCPO Skipjack Tuna
Supersedes:
16 Feb 2023 - Current Bigeye tuna, Skipjack tuna and Yellowfin tuna
CMM 2021-04
Conservation and Management Measure for the Charter Notification Scheme
Supersedes:
05 Feb 2022 - Current Charter Notification Scheme
CMM 2019-07
Conservation Management Measure for the Establishment of a List of IUU Vessels for the WCPFC
Supersedes:
09 Feb 2020 - Current IUU Vessel List
CMM 2019-05
Conservation and Management Measure on Mobulid Rays caught in association with fisheries in the WCPFC Convention Area
01 Jan 2021 - Current Mobulid Rays mitigation
CMM 2019-03
Conservation and Management Measure for North Pacific Albacore
Supersedes:
09 Feb 2020 - Current Albacore tuna
CMM 2019-01
Conservation and Management Measure on Cooperating Non-Members
Supersedes:
09 Feb 2020 - Current Cooperating Non-Members
CMM 2018-06
Conservation and Management Measure on the Record of Fishing Vessels and Authorization to Fish
Supersedes:
12 Feb 2019 - Current Record of Fishing Vessels
CMM 2018-05
Conservation and Management Measure for the Regional Observer Programme
Supersedes:
12 Feb 2019 - Current Regional Observer Programme
CMM 2018-04
Conservation and Management of Sea Turtles
Supersedes:
01 Jan 2020 - Current Sea Turtle mitigation
CMM 2018-03
Conservation and Management Measure to mitigate the impact of fishing for highly migratory fish stocks on seabirds
Supersedes:
12 Feb 2019 - Current Seabird mitigation
CMM 2017-04
Conservation and Management Measure on Marine Pollution
01 Jan 2019 - Current Marine Pollution
CMM 2017-03
Conservation and Management Measure for the protection of WCPFC Regional Observer Programme Observers
Supersedes:
05 Feb 2018 - Current Observer safety
CMM 2017-02
Conservation and Management Measure on Minimum Standards for Port State Measures
05 Feb 2018 - Current Port State Measures
CMM 2016-02
Conservation Management Measure for the Eastern High Seas Special Management Area
Supersedes:
07 Feb 2017 - Current Eastern High Seas Special Management Area
CMM 2015-02
Conservation and Management Measure for South Pacific albacore
Supersedes:
06 Feb 2016 - Current Albacore tuna
CMM 2014-02
Conservation and Management Measure for the Commission VMS
Supersedes:
03 Feb 2015 - Current VMS
CMM 2013-07
Conservation and Management Measure on the Special Requirements of Small Island Developing States and Territories
04 Feb 2014 - Current Special Requirements of Developing States
CMM 2013-06
Conservation and Management Measure on the criteria for the consideration of conservation and management proposals
04 Feb 2014 - Current Special Requirements of Developing States
CMM 2013-04
Conservation and Management Measure for WCPFC Implementation of a Unique Vessel Identifier (UVI)
04 Feb 2014 - Current Record of Fishing Vessels
CMM 2012-03
Conservation and Management Measure for Implementing the ROP by vessels fishing north of 20N
04 Feb 2013 - Current Regional Observer Programme
CMM 2011-03
Conservation and Management Measure for Protection of Cetaceans from Purse Seine Fishing
29 May 2012 - Current Protection of Cetaceans from Purse Seine Fishing
CMM 2010-01
Conservation Management Measure for the North Pacific Striped Marlin
08 Feb 2011 - Current Striped Marlin
CMM 2009-10
Conservation and Management Measure to Monitor Landings of Purse Seine Vessels at Ports so as to Ensure Reliable Catch Data by Species
09 Feb 2010 - Current Cannery Data Provision
CMM 2009-09
Conservation and Management Measure for Vessels Without Nationality
09 Feb 2010 - Current Vessels without Nationality
CMM 2009-06
Conservation and Management Measure on the Regulation of Transhipment
09 Feb 2010 - Current Transhipment
CMM 2009-05
Conservation and Management Measure Prohibiting Fishing on Data Buoys
09 Feb 2010 - Current Data buoys mitigation
CMM 2009-03
Conservation and Management for Swordfish
Supersedes:
09 Feb 2010 - Current Swordfish
CMM 2009-02
Conservation and Management Measure on the Application of High Seas FAD Closures and Catch Retention
09 Feb 2010 - Current Bigeye tuna, Skipjack tuna and Yellowfin tuna
CMM 2008-04
Conservation and Management Measure to Prohibit the Use of Large Scale Driftnets on the High Seas of the Convention Area
10 Feb 2009 - Current Driftnet prohibition
CMM 2006-08
Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Boarding and Inspection Procedures
13 Feb 2007 - Current HSBI
CMM 2006-07
Establishment of Regional Observer Programme
13 Feb 2007 - Current Regional Observer Programme
CMM 2006-04
Conservation and Management Measure for Striped Marlin in the Southwest Pacific
13 Feb 2007 - Current Striped Marlin
CMM 2004-04
Resolution on Conservation and Management Measures
08 Feb 2005 - Current Conservation and Management Measures
CMM 2004-03
Specifications for the Marking and Identification of Fishing Vessels
08 Feb 2005 - Current Marking and Identification of Fishing Vessels

Resolutions

Reference No Title Effective Topic
Resolution 2019-01
Resolution on Climate Change as it relates to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
09 Feb 2020 - Current Climate Change
Resolution 2018-01
Resolution on Labour Standards for Crew on Fishing Vessels
12 Feb 2019 - Current Labour Standards
Resolution 2012-01
Resolution on the best available science
04 Feb 2013 - Current
Resolution 2008-01
Resolution on Aspirations of Small Island Developing States and Territories
10 Feb 2009 - Current Special Requirements of Developing States
Resolution 2005-03
Resolution on Non-target fish species
14 Feb 2006 - Current

Supplementary Information

Reference No Title Effective Topic
suppl_CMM 2022-04-2
Best handling practices for the safe release of Sharks (other than Whale Sharks and Mantas/Mobulids)
12 Feb 2019 - Current Sharks
suppl_CMM 2022-04-1
Guidelines for the safe release of encircled whale sharks
06 Feb 2016 - Current Sharks
suppl_CMM 2022-03
Updated workplan for the adoption of Harvest strategies under CMM 2022-03 (formerly CMM 2014-06)
04 Dec 2022 - Current Harvest Strategies
suppl_CMM 2021-03
Audit Points Checklist for Proposed New or Amended Obligations
01 Feb 2023 - Current Compliance Monitoring Scheme
suppl_CMM 2019-05
Best Handling Practices for the Safe Release of Mantas & Mobulids
05 Feb 2018 - Current Mobulid Rays mitigation
suppl_CMM 2019-01-2
Cooperating Non-Member request template
03 Feb 2020 - Current Cooperating Non-Members
suppl_CMM 2019-01-1
Cooperating Non-Member Application Process Flowchart
11 Feb 2010 - Current Cooperating Non-Members
suppl_CMM 2018-05-1
WCPFC Regional Observer Programme Standards & ROP Guidelines
04 Dec 2022 - Current Regional Observer Programme
suppl_CMM 2018-04-2
WCPFC Guidelines for the Handling of Sea Turtles (Graphics)
09 Feb 2010 - Current Sea Turtle mitigation
suppl_CMM 2018-04-1
WCPFC Guidelines for the Handling of Sea Turtles
09 Feb 2010 - Current Sea Turtle mitigation
suppl_CMM 2018-03
Safe Handling and release Guidelines for Seabirds
09 Feb 2020 - Current Seabird mitigation
suppl_CMM 2014-02-4
Commission VMS Standard Operating Procedures (as approved in Dec 2021 at WCPFC18)
16 Dec 2021 - Current VMS
suppl_CMM 2014-02-3
WCPFC9 Decision on Application of WCPFC VMS to national waters of WCPFC Members
06 Feb 2013 - Current VMS
suppl_CMM 2014-02-2
Vessel Monitoring System Standards Specifications and Procedures (SSPs)_version as at Dec 2021 (WCPFC18)
16 Dec 2021 - Current VMS
suppl_CMM 2014-02-1
Statement describing Purpose and Principles of the WCPFC VMS
06 Feb 2012 - Current VMS
suppl_CMM 2011-03-2
Best Practices for the Safe Handling and Release of Cetaceans (Graphics)
01 Feb 2023 - Current Protection of Cetaceans from Purse Seine Fishing
suppl_CMM 2011-03-1
Best Practices for the Safe Handling and Release of Cetaceans
05 Feb 2022 - Current Protection of Cetaceans from Purse Seine Fishing
suppl_CMM 2009-10
Guidelines for the Voluntary Submission of Purse seine Processor data by CCMs to the Commission
16 Dec 2021 - Current Cannery Data Provision
suppl_CMM 2009-06-3
Minimum Data Fields for Observer Transhipment Monitoring - 2023
04 Dec 2022 - Current Transhipment
suppl_CMM 2009-06-2
Reporting template for CMM 2009-06 paragraph 11 reporting - provides guidance for reporting in accordance with the guidelines in Annex II of the measure
14 Dec 2018 - Current Transhipment
suppl_CMM 2009-06-1
E-reporting Standards for high seas transhipment declarations and high seas transhipment notices
14 Jun 2019 - Current Transhipment
suppl_CMM 2009-05
Data Buoy Information Package
18 May 2010 - Current Data buoys mitigation