JOHN BURTON MEETS THE JOINT SECRETARY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES IN THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ellie Matthew – December 2023

On Monday 4th December, SFACT trustee John Burton met with the Joint Secretary for the Department of Fisheries in the Government of India. Ms Neetu Prasad, in Mumbai at the IOTC scientific committee, which followed on from the meeting of the IOTC working party on data collection and statistics, with both meetings being hosted by the Government of India.

Reflecting on his meeting, John says, ‘We discussed the importance of conservation measures in the Indian Ocean so as to protect tuna stocks for the benefit of small-scale fisheries in coastal communities who are so dependent on those stocks for food security and livelihoods.’

Focussing on data collection and statistics, this meeting is of great importance. It brings scientists and experts together from across the globe to discuss and analyse the many methods of data collection from numerous countries in the Indian Ocean to confer and consider which is best to help the sustainable management of tuna stocks in the Indian Ocean.

Today marks the last day of the main IOTC scientific committee meeting, also in Mumbai, which considers the outputs of the WPDS19 as well as other working parties to build an overarching set of scientific recommendations moving forward in the sustainable management of tuna.

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