CMM 2023-01 30

Status: Active
Effective From
Applicability Definition
Applies to flag CCMs with purse seine vessels on the RFV
Purse seine catch retention requirements (20N - 20S)
Full Text

Catch retention: Purse Seine Fishery

29.    To create an incentive to reduce the non-intentional capture of juvenile fish, to discourage waste and to encourage an efficient utilization of fishery resources, CCMs shall require their purse seine vessels fishing in EEZs and on the high seas within the area bounded by 20N and 20S to retain on board and then land or transship at port all bigeye, skipjack, and yellowfin tuna. (Paragraphs 8 to 12 of CMM 2009-02 set out the Commission’s rules for catch retention in the high seas.) The only exceptions to this paragraph shall be:
(a)    when, in the final set of a trip, there is insufficient well space to accommodate all fish caught in that set, noting that excess fish taken in the last set may be transferred to and retained on board another purse seine vessel provided this is not prohibited under applicable national law; or
(b)    when the fish are unfit for human consumption for reasons other than size; or
(c)    when serious malfunction of equipment occurs.

30.    Nothing in paragraphs 13-15 and 30 shall affect the sovereign rights of coastal States to determine how these management measures will be applied in their waters, or to apply additional or more stringent measures.

Additional measures for tropical tunas
Sub Theme
Purse seine catch retention
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 of the requirement for CCM’s flagged purse seine vessels fishing in EEZs and on the high seas between 20N and 20S to retain on board and then land or tranship at port all BE, SJ, and YF tuna. The statement must include information on CCM’s implementation of the requirements for its PS operators of vessels on the high seas to submit a report to the ED within 48-hours after any discard.

b. describes how CCM is monitoring and ensuring that its flagged PS vessels are following the requirements for catch retention when operating in EEZs and the high seas and are submitting reports to the ED when on the high seas and where required, and how CCM responds to potential infringements or instances of non-compliance with this requirement.
CCM limits not applicable for this obligation
Category: Implementation
CMS Compliance History
When Evaluated:
2019, 2020
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)