IOTC ‘misses chance to safeguard tuna’


The European Union and World Wildlife Fund have welcomed action by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission on drifting FADs but rue a missed opportunity to safeguard stocks

At the IOTC’s 28th annual meeting, delegates failed to close fisheries to allow bigeye and yellowfin tuna to recover from overfishing.

More positively, the commission agreed a series of measures to reduce the harmful impact of drifting FADs, with an immediate ban on the use of fully non-biodegradable materials.

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