Updated summary comparison of VME encounter protocols in bottom fish RFMO/As
This document is an update of NPFC-2017-SSC VME02-IP01 which reviewed the encounter protocols of bottom fish RFMO/As. The purpose of this document is to facilitate our understanding on the structure and function of NPFC VME encounter protocols in comparison with those adopted and implemented in other RFMO/As. Key elements of VME encounter protocols (VME indicators, encounter thresholds, move-on distance, post-encounter treatment) were extracted from the texts of current conservation measures of bottom fish RFMO/As and listed in Appendix. The elements of encounter protocols for trawl fisheries are summarized and compared.