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Effective implementation of Monitoring, Control, Surveillance and Enforcement programmes for Samoas fishery waters
by Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (Government)
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to support fisheries management objectives and to deter, prevent and eliminate illegal unreported and unregulated fishing activities for highly migratory fishing stocks in Samoas exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and in the western and central Pacific Ocean.

The implementation of this voluntary commitment relies on Samoas national monitoring control and surveillance (MCS)regime as well as with cooperative fisheries surveillance and enforcement arrangements with members of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). Critical to this voluntary commitment is the implementation of monitoring control and surveillance tools such as the FFA vessel register and harmonized conditions that lay out the terms and conditions of access of foreign fishing vessels into FFA members exclusive economic zones. The implementation of other equally important MCS tools such as the vessel monitoring system (VMS) fisheries observers, electronic reporting and boarding and inspections provides means of ensuring the terms and conditions of access to FFA members EEZ are adhere to by foreign fishing vessels.

Members of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency meet on an annual basis to discuss issues relating to the implementation of MCS tools in each members MCS regime and to formulate strategies to strengthen these tools and how best it could be utilized to address emerging threats and risks. The terms and conditions for accessing Samoas EEZ are reviewed on a timely basis to ensure recent developments in the management of highly migratory fish stocks are captured.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
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
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
  • Market-based instruments (Individually Traded Quotas, Vessel Day Schemes, etc.)
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
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
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
Annual licensing of fishing vessels fishing in Samoas EEZ
100% VMS coverage of foreign fishing vessels fishing /operating in Samoas EEZ.
Boarding and Inspection of fishing vessels of interests at port.
Multilateral fisheries surveillance and enforcements operations.
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical assistance required from time to time for the implementation of Samoas MCS tools is provided by the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency.
Other, please specify
The bulk of the resources required for the implementation of monitoring control and surveillance tools are budgeted under the Samoan Government local budget.
Other, please specify
The Pacific Island Forum Fishery Agency partly assist in financing of some of the costs associated with the implementation of some national MCS tools such as internet communication costs and vessel monitoring system. Australia Defence Force finance the m
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2010 - December 2030
Ministry of Police: Police Maritime Unit (Government) Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (Other Intergovernmental Organisation) Pacific Communities (SPC) USA Coastguard Australian Defense Forces New Zealand Defense Forces
Ocean Basins
  • North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Other beneficiaries includes distant water fishing nations (DWFN) whose vessels are operating in the western and central pacific ocean, domestic fleets of small island developing states and territories in the pacific and consumers of highly migratory fish
Contact information
Magele Etuati Ropeti, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Fisheries Division, MAF, ropeti@maf.gov.ws, (685) 20369
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