MissionObjectiveThe Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) is an intergovernmental organization mandated to manage tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Ocean and adjacent seas. The objective of the Commission is to promote cooperation among its members with a view to ensuring, through appropriate management, the conservation and optima utilization of stocks covered by this Agreement and encouraging sustainable development of fisheries based on such stocks. FunctionsThe main functions of the IOTC are:
IOTC area of competence - High seas, National watersSpecies and stocks coverageTuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Ocean and adjacent seas. The species listed are under the management mandate of the IOTC. In addition, the Commission has instructed the Secretariat to collate data on non-target, associated and dependent species affected by tuna fishing operations. Legal frameworkThe Agreement for the Establishment of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission was concluded under Article XIV of the FAO Constitution. It was approved by the FAO Council in November 1993 and came into force upon accession of the tenth member in March 1996. The Financial Regulations were adopted at the First Special Session of IOTC in Rome on 21-24 March 1997 and the Rules of Procedure were adopted at the Second Session in Victoria on 22-25 September 1997.
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Agreement | Financial regulations | Rules and procedures Organizations involvedCurrent membership:
Membership in the Commission is open to Members and Associate Members of FAO that are: (i) coastal States or Associate Members situated wholly or partly within the Area; (ii) States or Associate Members whose vessels engage in fishing in the Area for stocks covered by the Agreement; or (iii) regional economic integration organizations of which any State referred to in subparagraphs (i) or (ii) above is a member and to which that State has transferred competence over matters within the purview of the Agreement. Parties qualified to accede to the Commission may do so by depositing with the Director-General of FAO an instrument formally accepting to be bound by the conditions of the IOTC Agreement.
Member: Australia, Belize, China, Comoros, Eritrea, European Union, France, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Rep. of), Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan (former), Thailand, United Kingdom, United Rep. of Tanzania, Vanuatu.LanguagesEnglish, French. StructurePrincipal bodyThe governing body of the IOTC is the Commission. It is composed of all members and is empowered to adopt conservation and management measures. Conservation and management measures binding on members of the Commission must be adopted by a two-thirds majority of members present and voting. Each member of the Commission has one vote. Individual members objecting to a decision are not bound by it. Non-binding recommendations concerning conservation and management of the stocks for furthering the objectives of the Agreement need only be adopted by a simple majority of its members present and voting. Sessions of the Commission are normally held annually. Scientific CommitteeThe Scientific Committee was created at the first session of the Commission in 1996. The Scientific Committee advises the Commission on research and data collection, on the status of stocks and on management issues. The meetings of the Scientific Committee are held just before those of the Commission. Compliance CommitteeThe Compliance Committee was established in 2002 by Resolution 02/03. The Committee reports,inter alia, to the Commission on the status of Member compliance with a range of compliance and enforcement related management measures, and provides technical advice on proposals for conservation and management measures. Standing Committee on Administration and FinanceThe Standing Committee was established in 2002 by Resolution 02/09. The Committee advises the Commission on administrative and financial matters and examines the operation of the budget and the proposed programme of work and budget for future years. Working PartiesThe Commission is empowered to establish working parties. The primary function of the working parties is to analyse in detail technical issues related to the management goals of the Commission. For example, working parties related to the different species analyse the status of the stock and offer options to the Scientific Committee for management recommendations to the Commission.
Current working parties include:
The IOTC is a member of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network that meets biennially.
The IOTC has its own Web site available at: IOTC.
IOTC meetings can be found at: http://www.iotc.org/English/meetings.php
Activities and meetings
See below meetings available from the FAO Meetings database.
Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) - 17th Session (FI-733-17)
May 06-10, 2013
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 16th Session (FI-733-16)
Apr 22-26, 2012
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 15th Session (FI-733-15) - Compliance Committee - ...
Mar 17-25, 2011
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 14th Session (FI-733-14)
Mar 01-05, 2010
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 13th Session (FI-733-13)
Mar 30-Apr 03, 2009
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 12th Session (FI-733-12)
Jun 07-11, 2008
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 11th Session (FI-733-11)
May 13-18, 2007
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 10th Session (FI-733-10)
May 22-26, 2006
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 3rd Special Session
May 17-19, 2006
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 9th Session (FI-733-9)
May 30-Jun 03, 2005
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 8th session (FI-733-8)
Dec 08-12, 2003
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 7th Session (FI-733-7)
Dec 02-06, 2002
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 6th Session (FI-733-6)
Dec 10-14, 2001
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 2nd Special Session
Mar 27-29, 2001
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 5th Session (FI-733-5)
Dec 11-15, 2000
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 4th Session (FI-733-4)
Dec 13-16, 1999
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 3rd Session (FI-733-3)
Dec 09-12, 1998
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 2nd Session (FI-733-2)
Sep 22-25, 1997
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 1st Special Session
Mar 21-24, 1997
IOTC - Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - 1st Session (FI-733-1)
Dec 03-06, 1996
IOTC publications can be found at: http://www.iotc.org/English/documents/index.php
See below publications available from the FAO Publications database.
Report of the Fourth Meeting of Directors of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in ...
Report of the Third Meeting of Directors of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in ...
Report of the Second Meeting of Directors of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in ...