The momentous outcomes from this year’s Annual Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) represent a defining moment for tuna fisheries management. At this meeting, the Harvest Control Rule (HCR) proposal for Indian Ocean skipjack was met with overwhelming support from coastal states and industry market players, including large European retailers, suppliers, scientists and NGOs.
This process that resulted in the adoption of the skipjack HCR was years in the making, with the Maldives, in close collaboration with IPNLF, as the primary proponent behind this progressive step to modernise the IOTC’s approach to fisheries management.
Adam Baske, IPNLF Director for Policy & Outreach, shares his views on this major achievement in the latest edition of the bimonthly magazine Infofish International. Read the full feature ‘A changing landscape for tuna sustainability’ here for more on this significant step for tuna fisheries, and how it represents a changing tide for global tuna management.