DATA REPORTING AND VERIFICATION:
The issue of the use of
satellite transponders gave rise to considerable discussion.
According to an FAO study, the cost is small when compared to the
cost of vessels, navigation equipment and operational costs. A
number of delegates commented that the cost of transponders should
be borne by the industry. Questions raised include: should all
vessels carry transponders (including those that fish primarily in
EEZs); what is the implication on coastal countries; what exact
role should these transponders play; and how can they contribute to
real time evaluation.
Some delegates commented that aerial surveillance can also be an
important tool for verification and should be mentioned in this
document. Others argued that aerial surveillance is an effective
tool but has nothing to do with data reporting and verification and
should be taken up under the section on compliance. The use of
ships' logs to verify catch was also mentioned.