The Recommendation by ICCAT on a Transhipment (Rec. [16-15]) requires that all transhipments of ICCAT species take place in port, unless they are monitored under the ICCAT Regional Observer Programme for transhipment (ROP_Transhipment). The ROP_Transhipment is limited to large-scale longline vessels flagged to the participating Parties/Entities/Fishing Entities.
The ROP has been implemented since 2007 by a consortium between Marine Resources Assessment Group (MRAG) and Capricorn Fisheries Monitoring (CAPFISH) which carries out observer recruitment and training, equipment purchases and observer deployments under the supervision of the Secretariat.
In order for large-scale longline vessels to tranship ICCAT species at sea, the following conditions must be met:
- The longline vessel must be authorized by its flag State to carry out at-sea transhipments to the assigned carrier vessel in accordance with Rec. 16-15.
Requests for observer deployment should be made on the REQUEST FORM and include details of the carrier vessel and its operators, where and when the observer will embark, where and when the observer will disembark, what longline vessels will tranship and approximate dates and location, etc.