March 7, 2001
Measures against vandalism on TRITON buoys
JAMSTEC hosted the Asia-Western Tropical Pacific Ocean Study Network Workshop. The workshop is for young marine researchers and engineers from developing island states in regions of the Asia and the western equatorial Pacific Ocean to provide basic scientific and technological knowledge in oceanography and practical exercises in oceanographic observation and handling of these obtained data. The workshop was organized with the financial assistance of the Nippon Foundation from January 15 - March 9, 2001 (8 weeks) at JAMSTEC Headquarters campus in Yokosuka and its branch in Mutsu City. The participants were from Indonesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and Philippines. The attendees discussed on 22 February 2001 in Mutsu Institute how we can prevent the trouble on the TRITON buoys with fishing activities. Through the discussion the attendees agreed to work following action items.
(1) Attendees ask authorities to denote no fishing within 3 nautical miles from TRITON/TAO and FAD (Fish aggregating devise) in the condition of fishing license in their EEZ.
(2) Attendees will ask authorities that TRITON/TAO surveillance will be included in patrol boat mission.
(3) PNG attendee will ask relevant authority to make available the naval patrol boat in Manus for surveillance of TRITON buoy security.
(4) Attendees will ask authorities that TRITON/TAO surveillance will be included in observers' mission.
(5) Attendees will ask local fisheries authority to cooperate and involve licensed and no licensed fishing boat.
(6) Philippine will coordinate to find relevant authorities and contact points for this issue.
Philippine will find relevant authorities to alert the fishing boats recorded on video in which fishing boats tied up to the 2N138E TRITON buoy.
(8) JAMSTEC will add for fisheries how to utilize TRITON data lectures during training course.
(9) JAMSTEC may state in the MOU if JAMSTEC will have with EEZ countries that the buoys are common property between JAMSTEC and EEZ country, and prohibit anyone to make any damage to the buoys.
(10) JAMSTEC and attendees from Kiribati, FSM will initiate that utilization of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) operated by the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) for buoy security, which provides the positions of fishing boat in each EEZ in daily report from FFA.On finding the vessels close to the buoys and possibility of damaging buoys, the country send message to the fishing vessels and/or fishing company. JAMSTEC sends a message of indication of fishing boat interfering the buoys to the EEZ country and FFA monitoring manager. JAMSTEC is recommended to visit fisheries authority of each EEZ country to realize the utilization of VMS.