NPFC High Seas Boarding & Inspection
Notifications that are required in accordance with CMM 2016-09 to be submitted by Members to the Commission, can be sent to the Secretariat via the official email address of NPFC.
NPFC COM04 endorsed the following specifications related to high seas boarding and inspection procedures:
The objective of this document is to outline a recommended plan for the implementation of the NPFC’s High Seas Boarding and Inspection Procedures as approved through CMM 2017-09 (Annex A).
2. General Rights and Obligations
Paragraphs 5, 6, and 7 of CMM 2017-09 state the “General Rights and Obligations” of Contracting Parties and Fishing Entities pertaining to the implementation of high seas boarding and inspection procedures within the NPFC Convention Area. These paragraphs from CMM 2017-09 are referenced as follows:
“5. Each Contracting Party may, subject to the provisions of these procedures, carry out boarding and inspection on the high seas of fishing vessels engaged in or reported to have engaged in a fishery regulated pursuant to the Convention.
6. These procedures shall also apply in their entirety as between a Contracting Party and a Fishing Entity, subject to a notification to that effect to the Commission from the parties concerned.
7. Each Member of the Commission shall ensure that vessels flying its flag accept boarding and inspection by authorized inspectors in accordance with these procedures. Such authorized inspectors shall comply with these procedures in the conduct of any such activities.”
3. NPFC Inspection Flag and Pennant
Paragraph 19 of CMM 2017-09 states that:
“The Commission shall develop an NPFC inspection flag, which shall be flown by authorized inspection vessels, in clearly visible fashion.”
The intended use of the flag is for inspection vessels, and the pennant for boarding launches.
The following Inspection Flag is intended to be used by authorized inspection vessels. The dimensions are 94 cm by 213 cm (height by length).
The following Boarding Pennant is intended to be used by authorized inspection vessels. The dimensions are 44 cm by 66 cm (height by length)
4. NPFC High Seas Boarding and Inspection Register for Authorized Vessels and Personnel
As per paragraph 13 of CMM 2017-09:
“The Commission shall maintain a register of all authorized inspection vessels and authorities or inspectors. Only vessels and authorities or inspectors listed on the Commission’s register are authorized under these procedures to board and inspect fishing vessels of Commission Members and Cooperating Non-Contracting Parties on the high seas within the Convention Area.”
According to paragraph 14 of CMM 2017-09:
“Each Contracting Party that intends to carry out boarding and inspection activities pursuant to these procedures shall so notify the Commission, through the Executive Secretary, and shall provide the following:
a. with respect to each inspection vessel it assigns to boarding and inspection activities under these procedures:
- details of the vessel (name, description, photograph, registration number, port of registry (and, if different from the port of registry, port marked on the vessel hull), international radio call sign and general communication channels);
- An example of the credentials issued to the inspectors by its authorities;
- notification that the inspection vessel is clearly marked and identifiable as being on government service;
- notification that the crew has received and completed training in carrying out boarding and inspection activities at sea in accordance with any standards and procedures as may be adopted by the Commission.”
b. with respect to inspectors it assigns pursuant to these procedures:
- the names of the authorities responsible for boarding and inspection;
- notification that such authorities’ inspectors are fully familiar with the fishing activities to be inspected and the provisions of the Convention and conservation and management measures in force; and
- notification that such authorities’ inspectors have received and completed training in carrying out boarding and inspection activities at sea in accordance with any standards and procedures as may be adopted by the Commission.”
In addition, paragraph 20 of CMM 2017-09 states:
“Authorized inspectors shall carry an approved identity card identifying the inspector as authorized to carry out boarding and inspection procedures under the auspices of the Commission and in accordance with these procedures.”
Since Members usually have their own identity cards for inspectors, they are required to transmit to the NPFC Secretariat for compiling and posting on the NPFC website samples of their respective inspection personnel identity cards.
1. Vessel Authorization
As per paragraphs 14 of CMM 2017-09, (Compliance Authorized Official on behalf of Contracting Party or Fishing Entity) hereby notifies the Commission that it intends to carry out boarding and inspection activities pursuant to the CMM on High Seas Boarding Procedures (CMM 2017-09), and requests the following vessel(s) be added to the Registry.
2. Compliance Authority/Inspection Vessel Authority Contact information (pursuant to CMM 2017-09 common boarding procedures):
As per CMM 2017-09 paragraph 14, each Member shall provide the names and 24/7 contacts for those authorities responsible for the Inspection Vessels and also the Inspectors in accord with the details required in the CMM, including letters certifying that inspectors and inspection vessel crews are training to the standards for HSBI required by the CMM.
3. Authorities of the Fishing Vessel
To promote effective high seas boarding and inspection, there is a need for all Members that have authorized their fishing vessels to fish in the NPFC Convention Area beyond areas of national jurisdiction, to provide to the Secretariat for circulation the name and contact of their respective “Authorities”. This will ensure that when their vessels are boarded, there is a listed “Authority” for the boarding Member to contact.
4. Sample Inspection Personnel ID Cards
Paragraph 14. B. of CMM 2106-09 states that
“Authorized of Inspection vessels are to provide sample Inspector Identification cards"
and Paragraph 20 notes that
"Inspectors shall carry an approved identity card identifying the inspector as authorized to carry out boarding and inspection procedures under the auspices of the Commission and in accordance with these procedures.”
Samples of Members' respective inspection personnel identity cards are noted here.
5. Standardized Multi-Language Questionnaire
In accordance with Paragraph 22 of CMM 2017-09 and to facilitate the HSBI activities, Members shall provide a translation from English to the language of each Member the Standardized Multi-Language Questionnaire approved by the Commission in July 2018. The translated questionnaires are noted here.
6. Notification by Members regarding arrangements under paragraph 6 CMM 2017-09 (Fishing Entity)
In accordance with Paragraph 6 of CMM 2017-09, "These procedures shall also apply in their entirety as between a Contracting Party and a Fishing Entity, subject to a notification to that effect to the Commission from the parties concerned."
The following shall be appended to this page when approved.
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