Two Australian fisheries officers joined representatives of nine other member countries and Interpol for a CDS workshop in Singapore.
First implemented in 2000, the CDS is a web-based system that tracks toothfish from the area it was caught to the point of landing then onwards throughout the trade cycle.
The importance of having it implemented in South East Asia lies in the ability to identify and prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) toothfish being landed in South East Asian ports.
Being able to track toothfish enables the CCAMLR to identify where toothfish is being exported/re-exported and subsequently identify areas or markets that might be high risk with regard to the IUU trade of toothfish.
The implementation of CDS is required by contracting parties to the CCAMLR, however, non-contracting parties may also adopt the system on a voluntary basis.
South East Asia is thought to be one of the last regions targeted by IUU operators for the IUU toothfish trade.
By successfully having SE Asian states cooperate with CCAMLR through the implementation of the CDS, there will be increasingly few places IUU operators will be able to land or trade toothfish.