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Ending Illegal Fishing through Improved Surveillance
by Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organization (CSIRO) (Government)
The Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organization (CSIRO) has developed a system for identifying suspicious activities by vessels at sea, including illegal fishing and transhipment of fishery products. The system provides an automated notification system for reporting on high risk vessels. This can be accessed either by website, or via electronic reports delivered via email. Interested parties can obtain reports either via registration of an area of interest, or via entry of vessel identification information. The focus of the system is on providing decision support to coastal states, port authorities, fisheries managers, regional bodies and law enforcement, via provision of a statistically robust risk score for vessels potentially engaged in suspicious activities. The goal of the system is to assist officials in prioritizing vessels for monitoring, investigation, or inspection under existing frameworks, such as the Port State Measures Agreement.
Progress reports
14.4
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
14.6
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
Type of commitment
14.a
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
14.c
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
December, 2017
Extension of the prototype risk notification system to the global scale, excluding areas of poor data.
July, 2017
Prototype risk notification system available for use in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and surrounding region, including waters of the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and extending eastward beyond Fiji. The region is bounded by a box extending from 15 o latitude, 120 o longitude to -15 o latitude, 180o longitude.
March, 2018
Operational version of the global risk notification system, available for use.
October, 2017
Operational version of the risk notification system, available for the southwestern Pacific Ocean and surrounding region, including provision of notifications in near-real time for the region is bounded by a box extending from 15 o latitude, 120 o longitude to -15 o latitude, 180o longitude.
Financing (in USD)
2,800,000 USD
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Data - Access to derived data products
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Infrastructure - High performance computing and data storage
Staff / Technical expertise
Scientific research, risk analysis
Basic information
Time-frame: 2015 April - 2019 December
Partners
Australia (CSIRO - Government research body), Vulcan Philanthropy (Philanthropic organization)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Chris Wilcox, Principal Research Scientist, chris.wilcox@csiro.au, +61 3 6232 5306
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