In order to meet the national requirements set out in IOTC Resolution 11/04 ..."on a Regional Observer Scheme (ROS)" where 5% coverage of sets must be observed, fisheries observers were deployed by MRAG for the UK flagged longline vessels operating in the Indian Ocean, Mar de Bens and Mar de Creta. Observers are required to collect data following the guidelines set out by the ROS.
Observers deployed in the IOTC RoS shall:
MRAG have trained and deployed observers on the vessels for 2017 and 2018.
At the end of each trip, the observers are debriefed, and the data and report were submitted to the IOTC through the flag State responsible body in this case via Marine Scotland.