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Maldives: Fishermen, processors band together and reduce yellowfin tuna catch by five times the IOTC requirement by Madelyn Kearns October 16,2020   |  Source: Seafood Source

Yellowfin tuna catch in the Maldives has been reduced by 7,737 metric tons in 2019 compared to 2015, the result of a concerted effort being made by the industry to align with resolutions set by Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC). In 2015, the IOTC scientific committee determined that yellowfin catch totals in the Indian Ocean were above sustainable levels. In response to the committee’s findings, the commission adopted four resolutions between 2016 and 2019, including reductions in catch, to help stocks rebound.

The Maldives was required to reduce its yellowfin tuna catch by 5 percent from vessels with an overall length exceeding 24 meters, compared to 10 percent for longline and gillnet fleets and 15 percent from the purse=seine fleets operating in the Indian Ocean. The island nation’s predominantly pole-and-line and handline tuna fishery was able to reduce its catch by five times the IOTC requirement, the Maldives Seafood Processors and Exporters Association (MSPEA) announced in a press release. The Maldives tuna fishery supports the livelihoods of over 30 percent of the nation’s population. The country is ranked the highest in terms of tuna consumption at 163 kilograms per capita, and 70 percent of its exports are tuna products. Consequently, the Maldives “has the

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