Case study: Luen Thai/Lian Cheng involvement in electronic monitoring of tuna fisheries in the Federated States of Micronesia

Although there is general agreement that the use of electronic monitoring (EM) aboard tuna vessels could be a valuable tool for managing tuna fisheries, there is considerable discussion and debate about the most appropriate manner to initiate the uptake of EM by fishing companies. This report presents a case study of a fishing company operating in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) that adopted EM without being compelled to do so by government regulations. It provides some insight into motivations, concerns and opportunities associated with the adoption process, which may be applicable to fleets operating in other countries.

This report consists mainly of information supplied by the senior vice-president marketing of Luen Thai Fishing Venture (LTFV), the executive director of FSM’s National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA), the Luen Thai and NORMA websites, comments from fisheries specialists, and published studies (Brown et al. 2021; Campling et al. 2017).


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Fisheries, Aquaculture & Marine Ecosystems
Micronesia Regional Office