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Region:    Europe, Americas

Evaluation of the NAFO Fisheries Observer Programme EC & Worldwide

DG Fisheries (European Commission) - Project Dates:
November 2002 - January 2003

Description of Project:
Evaluation of the NAFO Fisheries Observer Scheme to assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of this means of monitoring, control and surveillance as applied to EU fishers. The project analysed the performance of the Programme against other Programmes in North America, Namibia and CAMMLR. The consultants made a number of recommendations to improve the scheme and consider alternatives following an assessment of performance (ability to detect infringements), value for money and cost effectiveness relative to other alternatives means of deployment.

Services Provided:
The study is broken down into the following sections:
  • Description of the NAFO Observer scheme
  • Evaluation of the scheme's implementation
  • International experience of observer programmes
  • Legal issues associated with the observer programme
  • Costs & benefits and cost efficiency