Control and Monitoring 2001-2008
Since 2007, we note a marked increase in the number of inspections. From 2009 on, we are expected not only to continue this trend, but to achieve a significantly higher rate of effectiveness in the operations, thanks to the satellite monitoring system.
Data through 2008 are prior to installation of this system.
One can see that in recent years the total number of ships detained is less. This shows that the incursion of foreign and domestic vessels within the GMR is lower and we are hopeful that the island’s fishing community is becoming aware that the best way to conserve resources is through its sustainable use.
Inspections of vessels are directly proportional to the increase of operations. The main points of inspection are the documentation of the vessel, its staff and its fishing gear.
In recent years we’ve seen more violations recorded. This is a direct result of tighter controls being implemented. This does not mean that in previous years actual violations were minor, but rather that as there are fewer transactions these violations were not registered.
Among the most common violations include: fishermen with no documentation, fishing in prohibited areas, fishing of species that are closed and fishing for species that do not meet minimum standards for marketing.