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VESSEL DATA AND INFORMATION

One issue raised was whether vessel size should be linked to other statistics in effort data. There was also some concern that requesting data from individual vessels is too specific to be dealt with on a global basis and should be left to regional organizations. It was not determined just how detailed the data requirements should be. What type of information should be provided on individual vessels: dates (which could be helpful with regard to seasonal information) and times? Would such information be too specific? Are such data necessary for research or for monitoring and compliance? The issue might be left to be addressed by regional organizations. Some delegations expressed the view that collection of data on individual vessels was maybe going too far and that a more global approach should be adopted. Some countries argued that requesting data that are too specific might prove troublesome.