WWF POSITION 16th Regular Session of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC16):
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – December 5-11, 2019
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) would like to again thank the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) for the opportunity to attend the 15th Regular Session as an observer and to address the critically important role that it plays in the proper management of the (Western Central Pacific Ocean) WCPO fisheries.
WWF once again calls on members of the WCPFC to address the issues and recommendations raised at SC15, NC15, TCC15, and WCPFC15 as well as observe the experience of other RFMOs in their own efforts to achieve and maintain improved measures for monitoring and surveillance. WWF would like to note that this Position Statement is not comprehensive, but that fact does not mean that WWF does not believe that other issues are not important. WWF wishes to reiterate its position offered in Honolulu, Hawaii, in December 2018 (WCPFC15) and, taking into account the WCPFC-related meetings held since, the recommendations listed below as well as other documents submitted to the WCPFC for review as Observer Papers.