The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) met for its 24th Session between the 2nd and 6th November 2020. The meeting was held by video-conference and with a reduced agenda focusing mainly on budgetary and administrative issues.
Notwithstanding the constraints of the format, the IOTC was able to agree upon the EU’s proposal, to schedule a Special Session of IOTC in March 2021 to discuss a management plan for yellowfin tuna. Yellowfin tuna in the Indian Ocean is currently assessed as overfished.
The EU is strongly committed to working with all the parties of IOTC to ensure the adoption of an ambitious and effective recovery plan for yellowfin tuna stock, achieving the recommended catch reductions, covering all active fishing vessels regardless of size and area of operation, particularly vessels using large scale drift nets.
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