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UNCLAS LIMA 004910
OES FOR RAYMOND ARNAUDO
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: AY EFIS SENV ETRD PE SUBJECT: PERU: DEMARCHE CONCERNING CCAMLR TOOTHFISH ISSUES
REF: STATE 189443
1. This is an action request. Please see paragraph 6.
2. (U) SUMMARY: Econoff delivered Reftel demarche to the GOP Foreign Ministry and Fisheries section of the Production Ministry on October 17 and met with key actors on November
16. Industry and government contacts contend that Peruvian vessels comply with paper documentation requirements for toothfish catches, but they were lacking in information as to electronic reporting requirements. Peru is improving its inspection, enforcement and electronic reporting capability. Post requests detailed information regarding the reporting requirements to pass to industry and government points of contact. END SUMMARY.
3. (U) Econoff delivered Reftel demarche to Vice Minister of Fisheries (Ministry of Production) Alfonso Miranda and Maria Elvira Velasquez, Counselor for Maritime Jurisdiction in the Ministry of Foreign Relations on October 17. Velasquez requested that she meet with Econoff after discussing toothfish reporting requirements of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) with appropriate government officials. On November 17, Econoff met with Velasquez, as well as Marco Espino, Director of Environmental and Scientific Issues at the Peruvian Antarctic Institute; Jorge Vertiz, Director of Fisheries Production and Extraction in the Vice Ministry of Fisheries (Ministry of Production); Admiral Raul Ponce, Director of Enforcement in the Vice Ministry of Fisheries; and Liliana Gomez, Counselor for Maritime and Antarctic Issues in the Foreign Ministry.
4. (SBU) Ponce and Vertiz explained that Peruvian-flagged fishing boats are complying with Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS) requirements for use of the Dissostichus Catch Documents, or DCDs, and he showed Econoff a sample Peruvian DCD. Econoff explained the electronic catch documentation scheme (e-CDS); after a long discussion it appeared that, despite having several weeks to digest Reftel talking points, there remains a lack of information as to the scheme and how Peruvian boats can comply. The Production and Foreign ministry representatives assured Econoff of the GOP's intent to ensure its fishing boats use e-CDS, and Econoff agreed to gather specific details. Econoff also referred the parties present to the CCAML Spanish language website. Vertiz noted that although Peru was a party to the CCAML Convention, it was not a member of the Commission, perhaps accounting for a lack of GOP information regarding the new e-CDS system.
5. (SBU) Enforcement chief Ponce related what Vice Minister of Fisheries told DCM and Econoff on October 19, that the Production Ministry has come a long way in improving environmental aspects of the fisheries industry. Ponce said that the GOP has realized that illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) catch of all commercial species was costing Peru significant revenue, in addition to the deleterious conservation consequences. The GOP now has an extensive system in place to control its fisheries. Catches landed in Peruvian ports are now certified on embarkation and landing (species and weight); captains and crew licenses are also verified. After a history of little oversight, the Fisheries Vice Ministry is still catching up but is aggressively exerting control over the various fishery industries. Ponce noted that it has only been over the past several years that the fishing industry in Peru has earnestly been modernizing communication equipment to comply with various reporting and communications requirements.
6. (SBU) Action request: Econoff found the various government representatives eager to comply with CCAML conservation measures but uninformed as to e-CDS. Post requests more specific information to assist the GOP in implementing e-CDS. Point of contact is Economic and ESTH Officer Howell Howard, telephone (51)(1)618-2414, email firstname.lastname@example.org. STRUBLE