ICCAT Regional Observer Programme for Bluefin Tuna (ROP-BFT)

The ROP-BFT is an international observer programme aimed at monitoring bluefin tuna fishing and farming activities in the Mediterranean in response to ICCAT Recommendation 13-07. The main goal of the programme is to verify the amount of tuna caught and transferred to farms in the region.

Programme (operational) design – development and execution of a service delivery model to safely deploy 100+ observers on vessels and farms throughout the Mediterranean.

Creating and nurturing regional partnerships to successfully implement the ROP-BFT.

Recruitment and selection – Proactive campaign over 4 months to filter and select appropriate experienced and skilled individuals suitable for the ROP-BFT observer role and who satisfy the ICCAT standard of behaviour and conduct for observers.

Training an international pool of observers for fishing and farming operations.

Interpretation and operationalising ICCAT bluefin tuna regulations relevant to the ROP-BFT.

Development of bespoke training programme and support manuals approved by ICCAT covering:

  • Bluefin tuna fishing and farming background and activities

  • International instruments and management measures (incl. ICCAT) for bluefin tuna

  • Observer monitoring protocols

  • Data collection and reporting procedures for all operational components

  • Language training

  • Health and safety issues

  • Sampling design

  • Observer Evaluation

Logistics – deployment of 80 observers in the Mediterranean Sea on purse seiners within 96 hours’ notice.

Programme Evaluation – assess the effectiveness of the ROP-BFT consistent with the aims of the programme, including the provision of recommendations and provide a continual reassessment and improvement programme as the programme develops.

Programme management in cooperation with the ICCAT Secretariat.

Liaison with fishing and farming stakeholders and ICCATs CPCs.

Ref: 

ZI1249

Start Date: 

Thursday, April 1, 2010 to Friday, April 1, 2011

Services Provided: 

  • Fishery management including MCS and controlling IUU
  • Implementation of fisheries policy and management measures
  • Operational monitoring of fisheries
  • Bespoke training
  • Logistic management for 100+ international observers
  • Developing partnerships
  • Evaluation and assessment

% as lead firm: 

50%

Proportion MRAG: 

50%

Duration (months): 

12

Number of Staff: 

15 Members in Consortium Project Team

Name of Client: 

International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna

Client Address: 

United Kingdom

Project Tags: 

Services: 

Origin of Funding: 

ICCAT CPCs

Country: 

Mediterranean

Project Value: 

2 000 000 EUR

Name of Partners (if any): 

Cofrepeche

Region: