Europêche: European tuna fleet hit hard by IOTC’s double standards

IOTC Bangkok 2024

IOTC created a smoke screen to mask its serious governance deficiencies, says European fishing body

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)’s 28th session, held 13-17 May 2024 in Bangkok, Thailand, ended on a bitter note for the European fleet, according to fishing body Europêche. The organisation said that, focusing on FAD measures, IOTC “successfully created a smoke screen” to mask “its serious governance deficiencies and failure to adequately manage fish stocks”, especially yellowfin and neritic tunas or to enforce proper monitoring, control and surveillance.

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