ISSF 2014-14: Report of the 2014 Meeting of the Indian Ocean Skipjack MSE Advisory Committee
|Date Added:||October 30, 2014|
|Tags:||MSC Certification, Skipjack|
The Maldives Pole-and-Line fishery for skipjack tuna became certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in 2012. As part of the certification, various Conditions were set, including the need for a regional (IOTC) management strategy that includes a harvest control rule. To achieve this, the government of Maldives has contracted a consultant to undertake Management Strategy Evaluations (MSE) that would allow for the testing of alternative management strategies and their robustness to major sources of uncertainty. To support this effort, the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) established an Advisory Committee, comprised of several scientists with expertise in MSE that would provide advice and oversight. This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of the first meeting of the Advisory Committee. The recommendations include aspects specific to the MSE simulation work, as well as aspects related to the process of establishing management objectives and adopting harvest control rules at the IOTC level.