"1. Contracting Parties, by July 1, 2002 or as soon as possible thereafter, require that all bigeye tuna, when imported into the territory of a Contracting Party, be accompanied by an IOTC Bigeye Tuna Statistical Document which meets the requirements described in Appendix 1 or an IOTC Bigeye Tuna Re-export Certificate which meets the requirements described in Appendix 2. Bigeye tuna caught by purse seiners and pole and line (bait) vessels and destined principally for the canneries in the Convention Area are not subject to this statistical document requirement. The Commission and the Contracting Parties importing bigeye tuna shall contact all the exporting countries to inform them of this Programme in advance of the implementation of the Programme."
(IOTC resolution 01/06, adopted in 2001 and IOTC resolution 03/03 adopted in 2003).
In accordance with this resolution, the IOTC has implemented this online application that allows users to search and consult the register of individuals and institutions authorised to validate the statistical documents.
The register holds data about the Institutions and Individuals authorized to validate the documents, including names, contacts (phone, fax, e-mail), sample seal and signatures..., as stipulated in Resolution 01/06:
"2. (1) The IOTC Bigeye Tuna Statistical Document must be validated by a government official or other authorized individual or institution of the flag State of the vessel that harvested the tuna, or, if the vessel is operating under a charter arrangement, by a government official or other authorized individual of the exporting state, and;
(2) The IOTC Bigeye Tuna Re-export Certificate must be validated by a government official or other authorized individual or institution of the state that re-exported the tuna."
The IOTC Secretariat maintains an online database of Institutions and Persons authorized to validate IOTC statistical documents, for use by the various officials involved in the Statistical Document Programme (please note that access to this tool is restricted to authorized personel).
The sample forms of IOTC Bigeye Tuna Statistical Document and IOTC Bigeye Tuna Re-Export Certificate, and instructions for completing these forms are stipulated in Resolution 03/03, Appendices 1 and 2, respectively.
The format for submitting data to the Secretariat, from the above items, are found in Appendices 3 and 4 in the same resolution.
For any inquiry, comments or data submission, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary reports of data collected by IOTC Contracting and Co-operating Parties in relation with the IOTC Statistical Document Programme