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法規名稱(Title) Regulations for Fishing Vessels Conducting Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Ch
公發布日(Date) 2017.01.20
法規沿革(Legislative) The full text of 49 articles promulgated by the Council of
Agriculture, Executive Yuan on January 20, 2017, under Order
No. Nong-Yu-Tsu 1061332035.
法規內文(Content) Chapter I General Principles
 
Article 1
These Regulations are established pursuant to Article 6, 
paragraph 2; Article 10, paragraph 2; and Article 11, paragraph 
3 of the Act for Distant Water Fisheries (hereinafter referred 
to as “the Act”).
 
Article 2
Terms used in these Regulations are defined as follows:
(1) “Tuna longline fishing vessel” means any fishing vessel 
targeting highly migratory fish species such as tunas, 
billfishes, sharks, skipjacks or mahi mahi with longline fishing
 gears.
(2) “Fishing year” means the period starting from April 1 of 
the current year to March 31 of the following year.
(3) “Independent third party” means any of the following 
institutions recognized by the competent authority:
i. For Japan:
(i) Shinken Corporation.
(ii) Nippon Kaiji Kentei Kyokai, Incorporated Association.
ii. For areas excluding Japan: the verifying institution which 
obtains the accreditation for management system certification 
from the Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF)
 
Article 3
Any distant water fisheries operator shall not conduct southern
 bluefin tuna fishing operation without authorization from the 
competent authority.
 
Fishing vessels intending to catch southern bluefin tuna shall 
be limited to tuna longline fishing vessels of 100 Gross Tonnage
 (GT) and above.
 
Article 4
For the purpose of these Regulations, the species with catch 
limit as referred to in subparagraph (7) of Article 13, 
paragraph 1 of the Act means southern bluefin tuna. 
 
Article 5
Tuna longline tuna fishing vessels catching southern bluefin 
tuna (hereinafter referred to as “southern bluefin tuna fishing
 vessels”) are categorized into the following groups:
(1) Seasonal targeting group, which targets southern bluefin 
tuna and can be categorized into the following three groups:
i. Southcentral Indian Ocean group;
ii. Southwestern Indian Ocean group; and
iii. Domestic sale group: fishing vessels in this group shall 
ship back to the Republic of China a specific amount of southern 
bluefin tuna as promulgated by the competent authority for 
domestic sale.
(2) Bycatch group, which not targets southern bluefin tuna.
 
Article 6
Fishing areas for the fishing vessels of the seasonal targeting 
group are divided as follows and as shown in Appendix 1:
(1) For southcentral Indian Ocean group and domestic sale group: 
the area of the Indian Ocean south of 28°S, east of 45°E and west 
of 150°E (hereinafter referred to as “southcentral Indian Ocean 
fishing area”).
(2) For southwestern Indian Ocean group: the area of the Indian
 Ocean south of 28°S, and between 20°E and 45°E (hereinafter 
referred to as “southwestern Indian Ocean fishing area”). 
 
Any fishing vessel of the bycatch group shall only catch 
southern bluefin tuna in the fishing area pertained to its 
distant water fisheries permit of the Pacific, Atlantic or 
Indian Ocean respectively.
 
Article 7
The number of vessels in each group shall be promulgated by the 
competent authority in accordance with the resolutions of the 
Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna 
(hereinafter referred to as “the CCSBT”).
 
Chapter II Application and Issuance of the Permit
 
Article 8
For the application of the permit of southern bluefin tuna, the 
following conditions shall be met: 
(1) The distant water fisheries operator shall be a member of 
the Taiwan Deep Sea Tuna Boat-owners and Exporters Association 
(hereinafter referred to as “Tuna Association”).
(2) The fishing vessel shall be a tuna longline fishing vessel 
of 100 GT and above. 
(3) The fishing vessel has installed with the electronic 
logbook (E-logbook) system that can be filled in the 
measurement data of the southern bluefin tuna by each fish and
 can report catch data regularly and normally. 
(4) The following distant water fisheries permit issued by the
 competent authority for the current year has been obtained: 
i. For seasonal targeting group: the permit for bigeye tuna 
group or albacore tuna group in the Indian Ocean. 
ii. For bycatch group: the permit for albacore tuna group in the
 Pacific Ocean, albacore tuna group in the Atlantic Ocean, 
bigeye tuna group in the Indian Ocean or albacore tuna group in
 the Indian Ocean.
 
Article 9
Any distant water fisheries operator applying for the permit of 
southern bluefin tuna for the following fishing year shall 
enclose with evidential documents in accordance with Article 8,
 and register to the Tuna Association by February 15 of the 
current year. The Tuna Association shall compile applications by
 group, and submit to the competent authority by February 25 of
 the current year.
 
Article 10
For fishing vessels applying for each group of the seasonal 
targeting group, the Tuna Association shall come up with a list 
of vessel priority in accordance with the following sequence of 
priority and submit to the competent authority:
(1) First priority: the fishing vessel has been authorized in the
 seasonal targeting group in any of the past three fishing years,
 and has actual fishing record.
(2) Second priority: the fishing vessel of albacore tuna group or
 bigeye tuna group in the Indian Ocean.
 
In the event that fishing vessels applied cannot be prioritized 
in accordance with the sequence of priority, the Tuna Association 
shall draw lots to decide the priority in an equitable and 
impartial manner. 
 
Article 11
In the event that the number of fishing vessels obtaining the 
permit of southern bluefin tuna is less than the limit of each 
group of the current fishing year, the competent authority, in 
addition to filling in the vacancy pursuant to the sequence of 
priority prescribed in Article 10, may announce in due course to
 accept applications, notwithstanding the application deadline 
prescribed in Article 9.
 
In the event that the number of fishing vessels applied for the
 domestic sale group is less than that promulgated by the 
competent authority, the Tuna Association shall fill in the 
vacancy by drawing lots from the fishing vessels applied for 
southcentral Indian Ocean group of the current fishing year to 
decide the priority in a equitable and impartial manner.
 
Article 12
Any distant water fisheries operator whose fishing vessel(s) is 
under any of the following circumstances shall not be granted 
the permit of southern bluefin tuna:
(1) For fishing vessels in the seasonal targeting group: the 
actual landing amount of individual vessel in a fishing year 
exceeds 10% of its individual vessel quota of the same fishing
 year, and the punishment imposed has not been executed 
completely, or three years have not passed since the completion
 of execution.
(2) For fishing vessels in the bycatch group: the actual landing 
amount of individual vessel in a fishing year exceeds 30% of its
 individual vessel quota of the same fishing year, and the 
punishment imposed has not been executed completely, or three 
years have not passed since the completion of execution.
(3) For fishing vessels in domestic sale group: the southern 
bluefin tuna is not shipped back to the Republic of China for 
domestic sale in accordance with Article 19, and the punishment 
imposed has not been executed completely, or three years have 
not passed since the completion of execution.
(4) For fishing vessels in the southcentral Indian Ocean group 
or domestic sale group: 
the distant water fisheries operator whose utilization rate of 
individual vessel quota is 40% and above but less than 50% is
 punished for not reporting for voluntary quota reduction in 
accordance with Article 20, and such punishment has not been 
executed completely or one year has not passed since the 
completion of such execution; the distant water fisheries 
operator whose utilization rate of individual vessel quota is
 30% and above but less than 40% is punished for not reporting
 for voluntary quota reduction in accordance with Article 20,
 and such punishment has not been executed completely or two 
years have not passed since the completion of such execution;
 or the distant water fisheries operator whose utilization 
rate of individual vessel quota is less than 30% is punished 
for not reporting for voluntary quota reduction in accordance 
with Article 20, and such punishment has not been executed 
completely or three years have not passed since the completion 
of such execution.
 
Article 13
A certificate of the permit of southern bluefin tuna will be 
issued for the application  approved by the competent 
authority. The maximum validity of the permit shall be one year.
 
The certificate of the permit of southern bluefin tuna shall 
record, both in Chinese and English, the following:
(1) The number of the certificate;
(2) The name, CT number, GT, length overall (LOA) and fisheries 
type of the fishing vessel;
(3) Name of the distant water fisheries operator;
(4) The authorized fishing Ocean, group, fishing area(s), and 
fishing period;
(5) The International Radio Call Sign (IRCS); 
(6) The IMO ship identification number or LR number; and 
(7) The incidental provisions: in the event that the distant 
water fisheries permit of the fishing vessel is invalid during 
the period permitted to catch southern bluefin tuna, the permit
 of southern bluefin tuna shall be invalid simultaneously.
 
The distant water fisheries operator shall place onboard the 
fishing vessel a copy of the valid permit of southern bluefin 
tuna in case of inspection.
 
Article 14
Any fishing vessel that has obtained the permit of southern 
bluefin tuna of the southcentral Indian Ocean group or 
domestic sale group shall enter the southcentral Indian Ocean
 fishing area by July 31 of the current year.
 
Any fishing vessel that has obtained the permit of southern 
bluefin of the southwestern Indian Ocean group shall enter the 
southwestern Indian Ocean fishing area by November 30 of the 
current year.
 
For any fishing vessel failing to enter the fishing area it 
belongs to by the deadline as stipulated in the preceding two
 paragraphs, its permit of southern bluefin tuna shall be 
revoked. 
 
Chapter III Catch Limits or Quotas
 
Article 15
The total catch quota of southern bluefin tuna of the fishing 
year (unprocessed round weight, hereinafter the same when 
referring to “quota” in the following provisions) , the 
individual vessel quota, and the amount of catch for 
individual vessel to ship back to the Republic of China for 
domestic sale shall be promulgated by the competent 
authority in accordance with the resolutions of the CCSBT.
 
The period for using the quota as referred in the preceding 
paragraph shall be from April 1 of the current year to March 
31 of the following year.
 
In case that the number of fishing vessels obtaining the 
permit of southern bluefin tuna of each group in the current
 fishing year is below the limit, the total remaining quota 
shall be arranged by the competent authority.
 
Article 16
The permit of southern bluefin tuna of the current fishing 
year shall be obtained for granting the southern bluefin tuna
 quota of the current fishing year. For the fishing vessel 
which has not obtained such permit of the entire year, the 
quota shall be granted in accordance with the percentage 
which the number of month(s) approved accounting for the 
whole fishing year.
 
Article 17
The catch amount (unprocessed round weight, hereinafter the 
same when referring to “ catch amount” in the following 
provisions) of southern bluefin tuna caught by any southern 
bluefin tuna fishing vessel shall not exceed the individual 
vessel quota allocated for the current fishing year. In case 
of excess, the quota of such fishing vessel for the following
 fishing year shall be deducted accordingly.
 
Article 18
In case of any of the following conditions, the competent 
authority shall grant the quota of the current fishing year 
in accordance with the percentage which the number of month(s) 
that the southern bluefin fishing vessel actual fishes 
accounting for the whole fishing year; shall retrieve the 
quota on a pro-rata basis from the vessel which has been 
granted the quota; or shall deduct the quota allocated for 
the following fishing year in the event that the quota is 
unable to be retrieved from the vessel:
(1) The southern bluefin tuna fishing vessel is punished by 
the competent authority of the suspension of the fishing 
license for one month and above.
(2) The southern bluefin tuna fishing vessel is detained in 
the port by foreign government.
 
Article 19
For any fishing vessel of the domestic sale group, the amount 
of its catch of southern bluefin tuna shipped back for 
domestic sale shall not be below the amount promulgated 
pursuant to Article 15, paragraph 1.
 
Article 20
In the event that the catch amount of any fishing vessel of
 the southcentral Indian Ocean group or the domestic sale
 group that has obtained the permit of southern bluefin tuna
 is less than 50%, the distant water fisheries operator shall
 report the amount of voluntary quota deduction to the Tuna 
Association by August 15 of the current year, and the Tuna
 Association shall forward it to the competent authority.
 
Article 21
In the event that the accumulated catch amount of southern 
bluefin tuna caught by fishing vessels of the Republic of China
 reaches 95% of the total catch quota of the current fishing 
year, the competent authority may order fishing vessels to 
stop catching southern bluefin tuna by a deadline and to leave
 fishing area(s) by a deadline.
 
Article 22
The competent authority may, after August 15 of the current 
year, announce the additional southern bluefin tuna quota that
 can be applied for. 
 
Applicants of the additional quota as referred to in the 
preceding paragraph shall meet the following requirements:
(1) The utilization rate of individual vessel quota of southern 
bluefin tuna has reached 50% and above.
(2) The fishing vessel has not left its fishing area. 
 
Article 23
In the event that a southern bluefin tuna fishing vessel 
cooperates with the competent authority to carry out relevant
 experimental research or management measure, the competent 
authority may grant additional catch quota as reward.
 
Chapter IV Management of Catch Tagging 
 
Article 24
Any distant water fisheries operator shall, before the fishing 
operations of fishing vessel(s), pay  the cost of tags to the 
Tuna Association, and apply to the competent authority, with 
the submission of a payment receipt, for the issuance of 
southern bluefin tuna tags (hereinafter referred to as the 
“tags”).
 
For any fishing vessel entering the fishing area without 
applying for the tags in accordance with the preceding 
paragraph, the competent authority shall revoke its permit 
of southern bluefin tuna.
 
Any southern bluefin tuna fishing vessel shall apply for the 
tags in accordance with the first paragraph before the tags 
are exhausted during operation at sea, and the southern bluefin
 tuna may only be tagged at the time of landing in port after 
the approval from the competent authority is obtained.
 
Article 25
Any southern bluefin tuna shall be tagged at the appropriated 
position in case of being caught by any fishing vessel, and the
 length, weight, and the serial number of the tag shall be 
recorded on the Catch Tagging Form, whose format is as shown 
in Appendix 2.
 
Article 26
Any tag on southern bluefin tuna shall be remained on the fish
 at least up to the first point of sale.
 
In the event that the tag detaches and cannot be re-attached, 
a unused replacement tag shall be attached immediately, and 
the serial number of the replacement tag and detached tag shall
 be recorded in the record sheet. In case that the serial 
number of the detached tag is unknown, recording may be 
exempted. The format of the record sheet is as shown in 
Appendix 3.
 
The record sheet as referred to in the preceding paragraph 
shall, within 3 days after the landing, be submitted in 
writing to the Tuna Association for forwarding to the 
competent authority for perusal.
 
Chapter V Logbook, Catch report and Mitigation Measures for 
Incidental Catch
 
Article 27
For any southern bluefin tuna fishing vessel that leaves a 
port, its captain shall daily report the length, weight, 
serial number of the tag of each southern bluefin tuna through
 the E-logbook system, and shall completely and accurately 
fill in the logbook designated by the competent authority, 
whether there is any catch or not.
 
In the event that the southern bluefin tuna fishing vessels 
as referred to in the preceding paragraph has exhausted its 
quota for southern bluefin tuna, any southern bluefin tuna 
subsequently caught shall be discarded immediately and the 
amount of discard shall be recorded in the logbook and the 
E-logbook system, and any fishing vessel of the seasonal 
targeting group shall leave the fishing area as well.
 
In the event that the E-logbook logbook system onboard the 
fishing vessel is malfunctional, the distant water fisheries 
operator or the captain shall daily transmit the catch data 
to the Tuna Association for forwarding to the competent 
authority for perusal. Such catch data shall be signed by the
 distant water fisheries operator or the captain.
 
Article 28
During one fishing trip of any southern bluefin tuna fishing 
vessel, for any fishing vessel of the seasonal targeting 
group, the discrepancy between the catch amount of the 
southern bluefin tuna recorded in the E-logbook or the logbook 
and the actual landing amount shall not exceed 5% of the 
actual landing amount. For any fishing vessel of the bycatch 
group, such discrepancy shall not exceed 10%.
 
Article 29
Any of the following circumstance shall be defined as 
“seriously misreporting” as referred to subparagraph (12)
 of Article 13, paragraph 1 of the Act:
(1) For any fishing vessel of the seasonal targeting group, 
the discrepancy between the catch amount recorded in the 
E-logbook or the logbook and the actual landing amount exceeds 
two metric tons as well as 20% of the actual landing amount.
(2) For any fishing vessel of the bycatch group, the 
discrepancy between the catch amount recorded in the E-logbook 
or the logbook and the actual landing amount exceeds 300 
kilograms as well as 30% of the actual landing amount.
 
Article 30
Any southern bluefin tuna fishing vessel proceeds to operate 
in area south of 25°S shall employ at least two seabird 
mitigation measures, one of which shall be tori lines, the 
other shall be either the night setting with minimum deck 
lights or weighted branch lines. Specifications are as shown 
in Appendix 4. 
 
The seabird mitigation measures taken during each fishing 
operation of fishing vessel shall be recorded in the 
E-logbook and logbook.
 
Chapter VI The Designation and Management of Ports for 
Transshipment or Landing
 
Article 31
The southern bluefin tuna catch of any fishing vessel shall 
be limited to in-port transshipment or in-port landing.  For
 a carrier vessel which carries the regional observer on 
board dispatched by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)
 or the International Commission for the Conservation of 
Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), and the distant water fisheries 
operator of the fishing vessel who has paid the cost to 
implement the regional observer program in accordance with 
the provisions in the regulations of respective Ocean, 
at-sea transshipment may be conducted.
 
Article 32
The transshipment of southern bluefin tuna by any southern 
bluefin tuna fishing vessel or carrier vessel shall be 
conducted in accordance with the “Regulations for Tuna 
Longline Fishing Vessels Proceeding to the Atlantic Ocean for
 Fishing Operation” or “Regulations for Tuna Longline 
Fishing Vessels Proceeding to the Indian Ocean for Fishing 
Operation”. Any southern bluefin tuna fishing vessel of the
 bycatch group that operating in the Pacific Ocean shall only
 land in a domestic port.
 
The carrier vessel as referred to in the preceding paragraph
 shall be included in the list of carrier vessels of the 
CCSBT.
 
Within 24 hours after the completion of transshipment by the 
carrier vessel as referred to in paragraph 1, the 
Transshipment Declaration of ICCAT or IOTC that contains 
southern bluefin tuna catch shall be submitted to the 
Secretariat of CCSBT and the competent authority.
 
Article 33
The foreign ports for landing or transshipment of southern 
bluefin tuna shall be limited to Cape Town of South Africa 
or Port Louis in Mauritius.
 
Any distant water fisheries operator intending to land or 
transship southern bluefin tuna in the ports as referred to 
in the preceding paragraph shall, seven working days before 
the estimated date of entry into port, notify the competent 
authority through the Tuna Association, and shall, upon entry 
into port, accept the port inspections conducted by personnel
 dispatched by the competent authority or independent third 
party for the verification of the catch landed or 
transshipped.
 
For the southern bluefin tuna sold directly to Japan through
 at-sea transshipment, the distant water fisheries operator 
shall, seven working days before the estimated date of such 
catch arriving in Japan, report the estimated date of arrival 
to the competent authority, and shall accept the port 
inspections conducted by the independent third party for the 
verification of the catch landed. 
 
The cost incurred from any inspection on catches conducted by
 the independent third party at the foreign ports shall be 
borne by the distant water fisheries operator of the fishing 
vessel being inspected.
 
Article 34
The domestic port for the landing of southern bluefin Tuna 
shall be limited to Chienchen Fishing Harbor in Kaohsiung.
 
Any distant water fisheries operator intending to conduct the
 landing as referred to in the preceding paragraph shall, 
seven working days before the entry into port of the fishing 
vessel, notify the competent authority through the Tuna 
Association, and shall, upon entry into port, accept the 
inspections conducted by personnel dispatched by the competent
 authority.
 
Article 35
The southern bluefin tuna that shall be shipped back by the 
fishing vessel of the domestic sale group shall arrive in the
 Republic of China before March 31 of the following fishing 
year and shall not be exported. 
 
Article 36
Any shipment of southern bluefin tuna back to the Republic of 
China by commercial cargo vessel, airplane, carrier vessel or
 the fishing vessel itself shall be, seven working days before
 taking delivery or seven working days before the arrival of 
such fish product, notified to the competent authority, and
 upon entry into port, inspections conducted by the personnel
 dispatched by the competent authority shall be accepted.     
 
Chapter VII Observation and Inspection during Fishing
 
Article 37
The distant water fisheries operator of any fishing vessel 
that receives the observer dispatched by the competent 
authority shall comply with the following:
(1) He/she shall notify the competent authority in writing 
seven days before the date of estimated port entry or departure.
(2) To embark and disembark the observer at the time and place 
informed by the competent authority.
(3) To provide the observer, while onboard the vessel, with 
food, accommodation, adequate sanitary amenities, and medical 
facilities of a reasonable standard equivalent to those
 normally available to an officer onboard the vessel.
(4) To instruct the captain and crew of the vessel matters 
related to the cooperation with or assisting the observer in 
carrying out the duties.
 
Article 38
The captain of any fishing vessel that receives the observer 
dispatched by the competent authority shall comply with the 
following:
(1) The captain shall attend the pre-sail training course 
given by the competent authority.
(2) When an observer is on board the fishing vessel, the 
captain shall inform the observer of the daily routine, 
personal safety and vessel equipment.
(3) The captain shall cooperate with and assist the observer
 in carrying out duties, and shall not evade, obstruct or 
refuse to answer the inquiry related to the observation mission.
(4) The captain shall not interfere with, assault, intimidate, 
or bribe the observer.
(5) The captain shall provide the observer with adequate space, 
facilities, equipment and information on the vessel necessary 
for his daily living and for carrying out his/her duties.
(6) The captain shall request the crew to comply with the 
provisions stipulated in preceding three subparagraphs.
(7) The captain shall sign on the observation record(s) written
 by the observer. In case there are different views on such 
record(s) of the observer, captain’s opinions may be added.
(8) The captain shall ensure the safety of the observer. In
 case of emergency or distress, special care and refuge shall 
be provided to the observer.
 
Article 39
In the event of boarding and inspection conducted by the 
inspector(s) dispatched by the competent authority, any captain 
and crew of the inspected vessel shall cooperate with, 
facilitate the safe boarding and disembarkation of the 
inspector(s), and provide the inspector(s) with adequate space,
 facilities and equipment for carrying out the duties.
 
Chapter VIII Catch Monitoring Form
 
Article 40
The applicant of southern bluefin tuna catch monitoring form 
is limited to the distant water fisheries operator of the 
fishing vessel that catches the southern bluefin tuna. The 
format of the catch monitoring form is shown as Appendix 5.
 
Article 41
For the application of southern bluefin tuna catch monitoring
form, the applicant shall fill in and submit the application 
form to the competent authority with the enclosure of the 
following documents:
(1) The Notification Sheet of the Southern Bluefin Tuna Caught 
by Fishing Vessel certified by the Tuna Association. The format
 of the Notification Sheet is as shown in Appendix 6.
(2) A certificate showing the detailed amount of southern 
bluefin tuna transshipped by a carrier vessel.
(3) A certificate issued by the Tuna Association proving the 
distant water fisheries operator has paid the reimbursement 
for the vessel reduction program in respect of the amount of 
catch of frozen tuna and billfish recorded in the 
transshipment declaration.
(4) The Catch Tagging Form.
(5) Three copies of the southern bluefin tuna catch monitoring 
form with completed information in printing. 
 
For any southern bluefin tuna catch that has been transshipped
 at sea, the captain of the fishing vessel, the captain of the 
carrier vessel and the regional observer shall confirm and 
sign the transshipment column in the catch monitoring form.
 
Article 42
Any transshipment of southern bluefin tuna of the current 
fishing year permitted to be kept in the fish hold(s) onboard 
shall be completed before October 31 of the following fishing 
year, and the application of the catch monitoring form shall
be made as well.
 
Article 43
In the event that the catches of southern bluefin tuna caught
 by a fishing vessel is shipped back for domestic sale, the
 distant water fisheries operator shall report the flow of 
such catches to the competent authority when applying for the 
catch monitoring form.
 
Article 44
In case of any of the following circumstances, in addition to
 the punishments prescribed in Article 36, paragraph 1 to 4 
or Article 41, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Act and confiscation 
of the catch pursuant to Article 43 of the Act, the
application for southern bluefin tuna catch monitoring 
document shall be denied:
(1) The southern bluefin tuna is caught by any fishing vessel 
listed in the list of illegal, unreported and unregulated 
fishing vessels as promulgated in accordance with Article 13, 
paragraph 2 of the Act.
(2) In violation of provisions stipulated in Article 13 of 
the Act or Article 48, paragraph 1 of the Fisheries Act during 
fishing operation of the fishing vessel.
(3) Catching southern bluefin tuna without the permit from the 
competent authority.
(4) Failure to apply for transshipment or landing in accordance
 with relevant regulations.
 
Article 45
The southern bluefin tuna catch monitoring form will be issued
 for the application made in accordance with Article 41 and 
approved by the competent authority after being examined.
 
The period of validity of the southern bluefin tuna catch
 monitoring form shall be four years starting from the date 
of completion of the landing.
 
Article 46
Any distant water fisheries operator that obtains the 
southern bluefin tuna catch monitoring form shall, within 60
 days after the customs clearance for exportation/distribution 
of catches or fisheries products is completed, fill in the
Write-off Application Form and submit to the competent
 authority for write-offs with the enclosure of the following
 documents: 
(1) The document on customs clearance issued by the importing
 country. For catches exported from the Republic of China, a 
copy of the customs export declaration shall be enclosed. 
Catches shipped back to the Republic of China shall be exempted 
from such provisions.  
(2) The copy of sales information of catches.
 
In the event that the document enclosed with the application as 
referred to in the preceding paragraph is not written in Chinese
 or English, a Chinese translation shall be enclosed. For any 
applicant that fails to enclose the Chinese translation, the 
competent authority shall notify such applicant to supplement
 necessary documents within the required timeframe. Failing to
 supplement within the required timeframe shall be deemed as 
failing to apply for write-offs. 
 
Article 47
Provisions in the “Regulations for Issuing Distant Water 
Fisheries Catch Certificates” shall apply, mutatis mutandis, 
for the cancellation and re-issuance of southern bluefin tuna 
catch monitoring form.
 
Chapter IX Supplementary Provisions
 
Article 48
In the event that southern bluefin tuna caught in the current 
fishing year is accidentally damaged such that it is unfit for 
sale, the distant water fisheries operator shall, within 15 days
 after the occurrence of the damage, notify the cause of damage 
in writing through the Tuna Association to the competent
 authority.
 
Article 49
These Regulations shall become effective on January 20, 2017.
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