Recap of the 2018 IATTC Annual Meeting
The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) recently concluded their 93rd Annual Meeting in San Diego, addressing some of ISSF’s key recommendations such as strengthening the measures for non-entangling fish aggregating devices (FADs), stronger protections for human fisheries observers and expanding the use of vessel IMO numbers.
The management body was coming off of a successful 2017 meeting—where the IATTC adopted a 72-day fishery closure and passed a resolution to make the use of non-entangling FADs mandatory. The IATTC continued its progress at this year’s meeting by taking action on many of the “asks” made by ISSF and WWF. But there were some disappointing missteps on improvements to FAD data submission protocols, the protection of sharks and sea turtles, and increased observer coverage for the longline fleet.
In a new blog, ISSF’s policy lead Holly Koehler and consultant Dr. Gala Moreno—who both attended this year’s IATTC meeting—offer a review of the hits and misses in managing Eastern Pacific tuna fisheries.
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