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Agriculture, forestry and fisheries on agenda of 23rd Indian Ocean Tuna Commission session June 13,2019   |  Source: AllAfrica

A South African delegation is to attend and participate at the 23rd session of the Indian Ocean tuna commission meeting to be held in Hyderabad, India.

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) is responsible for the management of tuna and tuna like-species in the Indian Ocean. The IOTC will be holding its 23rd annual Session Commission meeting in Hyderabad, India, from 17 - 21 June 2019. South Africa was, for a very long time, a Non-Cooperating Contracting Party member of the IOTC until the 3rd of September 2015 when the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa approved its accession to the IOTC, thus becoming a Cooperating Contracting Party member of the IOTC.

South Africa is quickly making a positive mark with respect to promoting the recognition of the rights and interests of Developing Coastal States (DCS) and is playing a pivotal role in leading, along with other DCS and Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) such as Australia, Indonesia, Maldives, and other members of the group of like-minded coastal States in the Indian Ocean, known as the G16.

South Africa has submitted the following three proposals to the IOTC Secretariat for tabling at the Commission meeting:

Vessel Chartering in the IOTC Area of Competence;

Concerning a Record of Licensed Foreign


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