Fisheries Operations at FFA provides Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS ) activities, policy and services, for members to strengthen national capacity and regional solidarity to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Pacific. This work is guided by the Regional Monitoring Control and Survelliance Strategy 2010 - 2015(RMCSS), adopted by Pacific Islands Fisheries Forum Leaders in May 2010. The vision of the RMCSS is:
“…An efficient and effective MCS framework in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean region which supports the sustainable management of tuna resources and maximises the economic returns and social and development benefits, while minimising adverse environmental impact…”
Through the RMCSS, FFA member countries have collectively identified MCS outcomes that will require regional collaboration and cooperation as well as national action.
MCS activities of Fisheries Operations includes technical expertise, information sharing and projects around monitoring activities, regional surveillance operations, the FFA Observer Program, FFA Vessel Monitoring System, FFA licence information list, and staff training and support regarding relevant regional decision making bodies, notably the Technical Compliance Committee of the WCPFC. The Minimum Terms and Conditions for licenced vessels is an FFA resource for controlling fishing in members' waters.