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Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (FI-733)

Title Indian Ocean Tuna Commission
Code FI-733
Sessions and documents

View documents of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission

Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article XIV

Origin

Established by the Director-General following the decision of the Conference at its Twenty-seventh Session (1993).

Rules of Procedure

Adopted at the Second Session of the Commission (1997). View Rules of Procedure.

Category Cat. 1
Purpose

To promote cooperation with a view to ensuring, through appropriate management, the conservation of optimum utilization of tuna and tuna-like species, to keep under review the conditions and trends of the stocks and to gather, analyse and disseminate scientific information, catch and effort statistics and other data relevant to the conservation and managagement of the stocks and to fisheries based on the stocks; to encourage, recommend and coordinate research and development activities in respect of the stock and fisheries, including activities connected with transfer of technology, training and enhacement; to adopt conservation measures to ensure the conservation of stocks and to promote the objective of their optimum utilization; to keep under review the economic and social aspects of the fisheries based on the stocks, bearing in mind, in particular, the interests of developing coastal states.

Membership

Open to Members and Associate Members of FAO, or by a two-thirds majority of its Members, any other States that are not Members of FAO, but are Members of the United Nations, or of any of its Specialized Agencies or of the International Atomic Energy Agency, that are coastal Members or Associate Members situated wholly or partly within the Area; Members or Associate Members whose vessels engage in fishing in the Area for stocks covered by this Agreement; or regional economic integration organizations of which any State referred to in subparagraphs (i), or (ii) above is a member and to which that Member has transferred competence over matters within the purview of this Agreement.

Number of Members 30
List of Members
  • Australia
  • Belize
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Eritrea
  • European Union (Member Organization)
  • France
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Korea
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Vanuatu
Languages English and French
Document symbol IOTC
Frequency of Sessions Normally one session per year
Contact information/email

secretariat@iotc.org

Web site

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission

First Session December 1996
Subsidiary Bodies

Permanent Scientific Committee (FI-734)

  • Each Member of the Commission nominates a representative, and an alternate if needed. The representative may be accompanied by experts and advisers. The Commission may also invite experts in their individual capacity.
  • The Commission may also establish Sub-Commissions to deal with one or more of the stocks covered by the Agreement establishing the Commission.
  • Working Parties for Tagging, Data and Statistics, Tropical Tunas, Temperate Tunas, Neritic Tunas and Billfish.