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South Africa backs allocation of fishing quotas at IOTC meeting by Shem Oirere June 19,2019   |  Source: SeafoodSource

South Africa has joined 15 other countries, all members of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), in calling for implementation of a proposal for allocation of fishing rights for tuna and associated species to promote fairness, equitability, and transparency.

South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (DAFF) submitted three proposals regarding the IOTC area of competence for discussion during the IOTC’s 23rd annual session meeting, a five-day event which got underway in Hyderabad, India on 17 June.

These proposals include the chartering of vessels and the licensing of foreign vessels fishing for IOTC species, together with access agreement information and the crafting of an interim plan to rebuild the diminishing Indian Ocean yellow tuna stock, according to a statement released on 13 June.

The proposals, which have the backing of 16 countries under the grouping G16, are aimed at enhancing incomes and food security and protecting the interest of fishers and seafood industry workers, in addition to enabling coastal communities to have “preferential access to traditional fishing grounds and resources under their national jurisdiction.”

“The discussion of this proposal is long overdue, in particular given the levels of overfishing of


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