SC-SPTBF Terms of Reference

At its 2nd session, the WCPFC adopted a conservation and management measure for South Pacific albacore. The measure established limits of fishing for Southern Pacific albacore and called for Commission members and cooperating non-Members that actively fish for southern Pacific albacore in the Convention Area south of the equator to cooperate to ensure the long-term sustainability and economic viability of the fisheries for southern Pacific albacore.

In order to ensure effective participation by FFA Members in these activities, and in other areas related to the management and development of fisheries targeting species occurring mostly in the South, the FFC has established a Sub-Committee on the Southern Pacific Tuna and Billfish Fisheries (SC-SPTBF). The Sub-Committee is a subsidiary body of the FFC, and has the following terms of reference.


1. Aim
The Aim of the SC-SPTBF is:
• To promote cooperation among FFA Members to ensure their peoples receive the maximum sustainable benefits from fisheries targeting species occurring mostly below 10 degrees South,
• To provide advice to FFC on matters related to the conservation and management of tuna and related highly migratory species occurring mostly below 10 degrees South and to the sustainability and economic viability of fisheries targeting those stocks,
• To promote the effective participation of FFA members in relevant arrangements under the WCPF Commission and its subsidiary bodies,
• To promote cooperation with other WCPF Commission participants participating in fisheries targeting highly migratory species occurring mostly below 10 degrees South.

2. Scope
The scope of the SC-SPTBF encompasses:

· Addressing conservation, management issues, policies and measures, research and monitoring and compliance relating to the southern area
· Focusing initially on the longline fisheries for South Pacific albacore and swordfish
· Exchanging information among SC-SPTBF members on fisheries of common interest
· Coordinating and strengthening of relevant research activities
· Coordinating and strengthening of relevant compliance activities
· Ensuring broader economic cooperation among SC-SPTBF members on the management and development of fisheries of common interest 
· Forum for exchanging information, ideas and advice
· Development of sub regional arrangements
· Common approaches to WCPFC, SC, and other regional bodies
· Joint approaches on economic issues such as market access and trade

· Addressing other relevant issues as may be agreed to or directed by the FFC

3. Approach
The work of the SC-SPTBF shall be conducted efficiently, and in particular meetings should as far as possible be associated with other relevant meetings.
The SC-SPTBF shall:
• Be serviced by the FFA Secretariat,
• Consult closely with the SPC/OFP,
• Report outcomes to FFC for clearance and decision, and refer proposals for substantial pieces of work to the FFC for advice on funding priority

4. Membership
Members will comprise those FFA members involved in fishing for highly migratory species occurring mostly below 10 degrees South and in whose waters those fisheries exist;
Other FFA Members may participate as observers.
Other observers to FFC, including French Polynesia, New Caledonia, American Samoa and the United States Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council are to be invited to participate as permanent observers.

5. Chair
The Chair shall be elected by members of the Sub-committee in accordance to FFC meetings rules and procedures. This means the chairmanship rotates annually in the alphabetical order.