Global Fisheries Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS) Report

 MCS REPORT: POLICING THE OPEN SEAS

RELEASE YEAR: 2017

AUTHORS: Pramod Ganapathiraju

OVERVIEW:

Policing the Open Seas report is the most comprehensive global evaluation of Fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) to date covering more than 80 countries. This report document’s latest information to draw a picture of the gaps & strengths in MCS infrastructure, inspections and capabilities in each nation to tackle and control Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. Over a period of five years more than 180 enforcement officials, MCS experts and Government officers from 84 countries were contacted for consultation and feedback at different stages of this compliance analysis. 52 confidential interviews were also conducted with enforcement officials in developing countries. It is pertinent to note that there is hardly any published literature to estimate MCS effectiveness in the fisheries sector and hence this global study constitutes the first step in seeking accountability from coastal states.

Fisheries Monitoring Control and Surveillance evaluations for 84 countries covers nations landing 92% of world’s fish catch. Using a wide range of interviews and in-country consultations with both military and civilian agencies, the report exemplifies the best attempt by the author(s) at evaluation of MCS compliance using 12 questions derived from international fisheries laws. The twelve questions are divided into two evaluation fields, (MCS Infrastructure and Inspections). Complete details of the methods and results of this global evaluation would be published shortly through a global report later next year.

A series of 18 country reports will made public in the coming months and the rest will be published as a book through a global report later this year.

GLOBAL REPORTS (COUNTRY-WISE)

  1. ANGOLA
  2. ALGERIA
  3. ARGENTINA
  4. AUSTRALIA
  5. BANGLADESH
  6. BENIN
  7. BRAZIL
  8. BRUNEI
  9. CAMBODIA
  10. CAMEROUN
  11. CANADA
  12. CAPE VERDE
  13. CHILE
  14. CHINA
  15. COLOMBIA
  16. COOK ISLANDS
  17. COTE D’IVOIRE
  18. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
  19. ECUADOR
  20. EGYPT
  21. EQUATORIAL GUINEA
  22. FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA
  23. FIJI
  24. FRANCE
  25. GABON
  26. GAMBIA
  27. GHANA
  28. GUINEA
  29. GUINEA BISSAU
  30. GUYANA
  31. ICELAND
  32. IRELAND
  33. INDIA
  34. INDONESIA
  35. IRAN
  36. JAPAN
  37. KENYA
  38. KIRIBATI
  39. LIBERIA
  40. LIBYA
  41. MADAGASCAR
  42. MALAYSIA
  43. MALDIVES
  44. MAURITANIA
  45. MAURITIUS
  46. MEXICO
  47. MOROCCO
  48. MOZAMBIQUE
  49. MYANMAR
  50. NAMIBIA
  51. NEW ZEALAND
  52. NIGERIA
  53. NORWAY
  54. OMAN
  55. PALAU
  56. PANAMA
  57. PAKISTAN
  58. PAPUA NEW GUINEA
  59. PERU
  60. PHILIPPINES
  61. RUSSIAN FEDERATION
  62. SAUDI ARABIA
  63. SENEGAL
  64. SEYCHELLES
  65. SIERRA LEONE
  66. SOLOMON ISLANDS
  67. SOMALIA
  68. SOUTH AFRICA
  69. REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA)
  70. SRI LANKA
  71. SWEDEN
  72. TAIWAN
  73. TANZANIA
  74. THAILAND
  75. TIMOR-LESTE
  76. TOGO
  77. TONGA
  78. TUNISIA
  79. TUVALU
  80. UNITED KINGDOM
  81. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  82. VANUATU
  83. VIETNAM
  84. YEMEN