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IOTC Special Session on FADs 3-5th Feb 2023 The Sixth Special Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) is an important opportunity to improve the management of fish aggregating devices for the sake of stocks and ecosystems. The Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock is currently overfished and has experienced overfishing since 2015. A substantial...
Sophie Atkinson, December 2022 Environmentalist and conservationist Steve Misati is embarking on a large scale restoration project for mangrove forests in the Miritini-Mombasa region. Mangroves play a vital role in coastal ecology and in sustaining and securing coastal communities. They reduce the harmful effects of coastal erosion, storms and flooding and are one of the...
Sophie Atkinson, October 2022 SFACT’s latest scholar, Zameel, is travelling to the UK this month to start his PhD at Leeds Beckett, under the supervision of Dr Mercedes Rosello. Zameel joined the ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture as a Compliance Inspector eight years ago. After completing his Law Degree in 2018, he became responsible...
Sophie Atkinson, October 2022 Fishing gears represent some of the most dangerous forms of plastic pollution. Ghost fishing; when fishing gear continues to fish even after it is no longer in commercial use, caused largely by synthetic netting used in dFAD designs, has previously been estimated to globally kill over two million silky sharks per...
Dr. Valentin Schatz, May 2022 Many details of the European Union (EU) proposal on fish aggregating devices (FADs) submitted to the 26th session (S26) of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) represent progress compared to the current IOTC Resolution 19-02. However, the EU proposal is barely more stringent than Resolution 19-02 with respect to the...
Shannon Hardisty, 2022 Members of the Indian Ocean tuna Commission gathered in the Seychelles in mid-May (week commencing 16 May) to discuss key conservation issues in the region. SFACT and WWF co-sponsored a meeting and gala dinner for G16 representatives highlighting two key issues: Yellowfin Tuna Stock and Drifting Fish Aggregating Devices. Yellowfin tuna in...
Shannon Hardisty, 2022 Members of the Indian Ocean tuna Commission gathered in the Seychelles in mid-May (week commencing 16 May) to discuss key conservation issues in the region. SFACT is committed to supporting the active participation of developing coastal states at these engagements, ensuring that their needs and knowledge is represented throughout the meetings. SFACT...
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