Several Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) have observer safety programmes and mechanisms. On this page you can find links to the relevant observer programme resources on the RFMO’s websites, as well as the latest safety guidelines available.

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)

The WCPFC has a Regional Observer Programme (ROP). The webpage provides documents outlining the basis of the rules and development of the ROP; the collective rules and procedures in respect to ensuring the safety of WCPFC ROP Observers; vessel safety check forms; an Observer’s guide to WCPFC CMMs and more.

Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)

The IATTC website does not have a dedicated page to Observer safety, however there are several resolutions concerning observer safety which can be found here. Resolutions include the Observer safety at sea, as well as three made in conjunction with the AIDCP: Observer safety at sea equipment and On-board Observer program and captain incentives.

International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), and Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT)

The above RFMOs have published a ROP Observer Manual which can be found here. This manual includes information regarding deployment status; deployment preparation; pre-sea observer duties; general data form and reporting instructions; pre-sea forms and repot; mid-deployment forms and reports; transhipment operations; FV boardings; mid-deployment observer duties; end-deployment reports; disembarkation; in port stays; and debriefing.