Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


As of July 2016, there are 32 members of IOTC

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission adopts measures

Click on the flag for more information about Seychelles SEYCHELLES
Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 00:40 (GMT + 9)

Seychelles wanted to reduce ocean litter and reef damage

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) adopted new measures put forward by Seychelles last month to improve the management of fish aggregating devices (FADs).
 

Drifting Fish Aggregating Devices (dFADs) washed up on the beach (c) Adam Baske / IPNLF

Seychelles brought the proposals to the commission’s 23rd annual meeting held in Hyderabad, India, from June 17-21. The proposal is aimed at enforcing Resolution 18/08 to mitigate the ecological impact associated with drifting FADs, especially concerning marine pollution and damage to coral reefs.

“According to the resolution, vessels were not allowed to have more than 350 deployed and active FADs but some vessels chose to deploy their FADs and then switch off their transmission signals,” said Vincent Lucas, the chief fisheries officer at the Seychelles Fisheries Authority (SFA).

Under the new Resolution 19/02, the maximum number of FADs deployed at any one time has been reduced to 300, with the total number which a vessel can acquire for one year set at 500.

During the meeting last month, Seychelles proposed three more amendments to existing IOTC resolutions, which were also approved by members.

Lucas explained that Seychelles had “observed certain loopholes in some of the resolutions which we felt could be tightened through our proposed amendments.”

IOTC members voted in favour of another amendment tabled by Seychelles relating to the chartering of vessels where the island nation sought to ensure that chartering is not used as a temporary transfer mechanism to increase the fishing capacity of a vessel.

“There is a resolution which allows countries to charter a fishing vessel from contracting parties and cooperating non-contracting parties but we found a loophole in this,” said Jude Talma, the principal secretary for fisheries.

He added that owners of vessels were using the resolution in a way that undermined other existing resolutions such as the yellowfin tuna quota.

Talma said that “some of the vessels that fish in Seychelles waters were looking to charter their vessels in Madagascar because Madagascar did not have a quota hence, they could have fished an exceeding amount of yellowfin.”

He said this defeats the resolution adopted in 2017 aimed at rebuilding the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock.

IOTC members also agreed to Seychelles’ proposal concerning Resolution 17/04 which bans the discard of by-catch caught by purse seine vessels.

The adoption of the resolution in 2017 meant that vessels had to bring into port non-targeted species. Such species might contain toxins, which would eventually end up in the landfill when the non-targeted species is dumped.

Following the amendment, vessels are allowed to discard species which may contain toxins or high level of at sea.

The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands, only a few inhabited, in the Indian Ocean that lie off the coast of East Africa, northeast of Madagascar.

Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, also proposed an amendment to strengthen Resolution 15/04 concerning the IOTC record of vessel authorised to operate in the Commission’s area of competence.

The new amendment introduced a measure aimed at giving clarity to the mandatory information that needs to be submitted to the IOTC secretariat. It also ensures that vessels of less than 100 gross tonnages, of at least 12 metres in length and eligible for International Maritime Organisation (IMO) registration, do so.

As vessels will be identified by their IMO number it will be easier to monitor, control and ensure surveillance especially with regard to illegal, unreported and unreported (IUU) fishing and transfer of ownership.

Source:   Salifa Karapetyan | Betymie Bonnelame | Seychelles News Agency

[email protected]
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
New Zealand
Oct 18, 22:00 (GMT + 9):
Mussel breeding programme expected to generate USD 126m a year
United Kingdom
Oct 18, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
Brexit agreement is gateway to UK’s exit from CFP
Worldwide
Oct 18, 17:00 (GMT + 9):
Weekly movements of fishmeal and fish oil (Norway, China, Peru) - W41
Norway
Oct 18, 16:50 (GMT + 9):
Export movements of Atlantic salmon - W41
United Kingdom
Oct 18, 07:00 (GMT + 9):
New tool offers interactive look at seafood environmental and social perfomance
United Kingdom
Oct 18, 06:00 (GMT + 9):
Regional strategy seeks to help East Anglia revive its fisheries after Brexit
United States
Oct 18, 05:10 (GMT + 9):
Federal court rules expansion of Washington industrial shellfish aquaculture 'unlawful'
Guyana
Oct 18, 03:50 (GMT + 9):
WWF presents five-year sustainable marine fisheries management plan
Canada
Oct 18, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
Oceana´s investigation reveals widespread seafood fraud in Canada (Video)
United Kingdom
Oct 17, 23:00 (GMT + 9):
UK and Faroe Islands sign fisheries agreement
Peru
Oct 17, 22:50 (GMT + 9):
Giant squid exports expected to grow 20% this year
Chile
Oct 17, 22:30 (GMT + 9):
Osorno court condemns Multiexport Foods subsidiary for contaminating Rupanco Lake
Canada
Oct 17, 22:20 (GMT + 9):
New tool can help lobster fishery adress impacts of climate change
Indonesia
Oct 17, 19:50 (GMT + 9):
Consortium of companies seal cooperation agreement with Norwegian company on fish farming
United Kingdom
Oct 17, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Sawfish numbers in global stronghold are dropping, prompting calls for fishing protection



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Chinese vessel fined USD 1 million for illegal fishing
Ghana Owners of the Chinese fishing vessel, Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956 will have to pay a USD1 million fine for illegal fishing in Ghana and additional USD 22,700 (GHS 124,000) for having fish onboard. The Chines...
Reports show EU countries have not enforced fish discard ban
European Union Three major European countries have not enforced the EU ban on fish discards, threatening the sustainability of European fish stocks. Environmental lawyers from ClientEarth have released three report...
Government rejects inaccurate statements about unilateral increase of jack mackerel quota
Peru The Ministry of Production says that the quota of 138,000 tons of jack mackerel applies to waters under national jurisdiction and is therefore not set by the OROP-PS The SPRFMO set...
EC pushes for long-term sustainability of Baltic stocks at AGRIFISH Council
European Union Fisheries ministers are meeting at the AGRIFISH Council in Luxembourg on 14 and 15 October to reach a political agreement on the Baltic fishing opportunities for 2020. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for ...
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation - Wartsila Group Headquarters
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
AquaChile S.A. - Group Headquarters
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods, Inc
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Brim Ltd (formerly HB Grandi Ltd) - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
Cooke Inc. - Group Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2019 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER