Progress at IATTC meeting
The 85th meeting of the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) was held last week in Mexico, the results of which have been welcomed by the European Commission.
During the meeting it was decided to extend conservation measures for tuna for a period of three years; to adopt an ambitious approach to fish aggregating devices (FADs) with obligations and criteria for the collection and transmission of FAD data; the submission of FAD management plans; the development of a FAD identification scheme and the progressive introduction of non-entangling FADS. It also foresees a measure for the protection of whale sharks.
IATTC will also organise a dedicated workshop to review the implementation of the 2005 action plan on fleet fishing capacity management in order to assess the impacts of the current situation.
However, some measures could not be adopted at the meeting, including measures for the protection of sharks and minimum standards for port inspection, but the Commission says it will continue its efforts so these measures that will get support at the next IATTC annual meeting.