CMM 2011-03 02

Status: Active
Included in ARPt2
Effective From
Applicability Definition
Applies to flag CCMs with purse seine flagged fishing vessels that FISHED on the RFV in RY
Requirements in the event of unintentional encircling of cetaceans in the purse seine net, including incident reporting requirements
Full Text

CCMs shall require that, in the event that a cetacean is unintentionally encircled in the purse seine net, the master of the vessel shall:
(a) ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure its safe release. This shall include stopping the net roll and not recommencing fishing operation until the animal has been released and is no longer at risk of recapture; and
(b) report the incident to the relevant authority of the flag State, including details of the species (if known) and number of individuals, location and date of such encirclement, steps taken to ensure safe release, and an assessment of the life status of the animal on release (including, if possible, whether the animal was released alive but subsequently died).

Mitigating impacts of fishing on species of special interest
Sub Theme
Cetacean protection in purse seine fishery
Category / CMR Section
Category: Implementation
Introduced Date:
Audit Point Definition
CCM submitted a statement in AR Pt2 that:
a.    confirms CCM’s implementation through adoption of a national binding measure that requires the vessel master of CCM flagged PS vessels to follow safe release guidelines in the event a cetacean is unintentionally encircled in the PS net
b.    describes how CCM is monitoring its flagged PS vessels to ensure safe release guidelines are followed and how potential infringements or instances of non-compliance with this requirement are handled.
CCM limits not applicable for this obligation
Category: Implementation
CMS Compliance History
When Evaluated:N/A
Average Score:N/A
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)