Decision ID: 000767
In June 1997 the 1971 Fund Executive Committee, recognising that the issue of compensating unlicensed fishermen was an important one and had significant ramifications, instructed the Director to study the issue further so that the Committee could re-examine, at a later session, the Fund’s policy in respect of such claims. The Committee drew attention to the fact that it was necessary to take into account the differing circumstances in various Member States, particularly in developing countries, but also acknowledged the importance of consistency in the Fund’s decisions in respect of claims in various Member States. The Committee noted that, inter alia, the following elements could be considered: the type and severity of sanctions, the type of fishing (eg commercial or subsistence), and the reason for the requirement to have a license, eg whether to protect stocks or for statistical purpsoes. Member States were invited to provide the Secretariat with information on the subject.