CMM 2009-06 34

Status: Active
Included in ARPt2
Effective From
Applicability Definition
Applies to flag CCMs with vessels on the RFV that had "YES" in high-seas authorisation field on RFV
Ban on high seas transshipment, unless a CCM has determined impracticability in accordance with para 37 guidelines, and has advised the Commission of such.
Full Text

34.  There shall be no transhipment on the high seas except where a CCM has determined, in accordance with the guidelines described in paragraph 37 below, that it is impracticable for certain vessels that it is responsible for to operate without being able to tranship on the high seas, and has advised the Commission of such.

37. The Executive Director shall prepare draft guidelines for the determination of circumstances where it is impracticable for certain vessels to tranship in port or in waters under national jurisdiction. The Technical and Compliance Committee shall consider these guidelines, amend as necessary, and recommend them to the Commission for adoption in 2012. In the meantime, CCMs shall use the following guidelines when determining the practicability of high seas transshipments
a. The prohibition of transhipment in the high seas would cause a significant economic hardship, which would be assessed in terms of the cost that would be incurred to transship or land fish at feasible and allowable locations other than on the high seas, as compared to total operating costs, net revenues, or some other meaningful measure of costs and/or revenues; and
b. The vessel would have to make significant and substantial changes to its historical mode of operation as a result of the prohibition of transhipment in the high seas;

Activity related requirement
Sub Theme
Transhipment management
Category / CMR Section
Quantitative Limits: CCM-level and Collective
Category: Quantitative Limits: CCM-level and Collective
Introduced Date:
Audit Point Definition
The Secretariat confirms that none of the vessels for which the CCM is responsible has engaged in high seas transhipment, unless the CCM indicated in the WCPFC Record of Fishing Vessels or by other means of communication that the vessel or vessels are authorized pursuant to paragraph 37 of CMM 2009-06 to engage in high seas transhipment activities.
No CCM Limit Records
Category: Quantitative Limits: CCM-level and Collective
CMS Compliance History
When Evaluated:
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Average Score:
Likelihood of Non-Compliance:
Consequence of Risk Ratings
CCM or collective group Consequence of Non-Compliance Risk of Non-Compliance
European Union
Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)