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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Robust Harvest Control Rules are Essential for Indian Ocean Tuna Sustainability

On 3-4 February 2016, the Maldives will host an important workshop to further advance the understanding of Management Strategy Evaluations (MSEs), with the overriding aim to agree an appropriate harvest control rule (HCR) for tuna stocks under the jurisdiction of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC). This HCR recommendation will be an integral component of a proposed resolution at the 20th Session of the IOTC, being held in La Réunion in May. The workshop is being led by the Government of the Maldives and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), with support and co-sponsorship from the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), WWF and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), as well as three IPNLF Members – Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer (M&S) and World Wise Foods. The workshop will bring together numerous participants from 19 Indian Ocean coastal states and intends to build on the momentum already generated at previous Coastal States Meetings and IOTC-supported Management Procedure Dialogues. It is hoped that the collective support generated through this collaborative approach will lead to the adoption of harvest strategies for key tuna species at the IOTC meeting. It is recognised that the Indian Ocean’s coastal and small island developing states all have a collective responsibility to ensure the effective management of shared tuna stocks. Indeed, fisheries are one of the most significant renewable resources that these coastal states have for food security, livelihoods and economic growth.

Source: The Fish Site