2019/04/25
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Port Inspection and Control

 

Port Inspection and Control

The Government proposes to make the Port Inspection and Control Regulation under CAMLRO, which will empower the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (DAFC) to inspect fishing vessels carrying toothfish or Antarctic marine living resources and deny entry of vessels to Hong Kong waters engaged in IUU fishing activities. Major features of the Regulation will include :

(a) Vessel Inspection

Fishing vessels carrying toothfish or other Antarctic marine organisms entering Hong Kong will be inspected by authorized officers to check whether harvesting activities in the Convention Area were carried out in accordance with CMs;

(b) Declaration and Notification Requirement

The master or the owner or an agent of the owner of the vessel carrying toothfish or other Antarctic marine living resources seeking to enter Hong Kong waters will need to give a notification to DAFC at least 48 hours before the expected arrival; to provide the requested information on the vessel and the catch; and to give a written declaration that the vessel has not engaged in IUU fishing activities; and

(c) Deny Entry of Vessels to Hong Kong Waters

A fishing vessel will be denied entry to Hong Kong waters if:

(i) it is on the lists of IUU vessels published by the Commission;

(ii) the vessel has been involved in IUU fishing; or

(iii) there is a failure to provide the advance notification, information or declaration mentioned in (b) above.