The Bahamas Maritime Authority's (BMA) latest cooperation has paved the way for the island nation to establish a fisheries cargo transshipment authorization program with the WCPFC. Many reefer carriers are flagged to the Bahamas and over the years the country has been under pressure to cooperate with the RFMO for implementing better regulations. This new initiative will allow such reefers to undertake high-seas transshipments for longliners in the WCPFC convention area.

The Bahamas was accorded the status of Cooperating Non-Member (CNM) with the WCPFC last year, which gives the island nation more impetus for better control of fishing-related activities.