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Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Pakistan: IOTC publishes 2022 yellowfin tuna catch limits by Shem Oirere January 12,2022   |  Source: Seafood Source

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has, on the recommendation of its scentific committee, set the catch limit for yellowfin tuna at 287,140 metric tons (MT) in 2022. IOTC Executive Secretary Christopher O’Brien said in early January that 24 of the commission’s members have been allocated varying catch limits in line with committee recommendations, with the European Union, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Yemen taking the lion’s share of the yellowfin tuna catch allocations.

O’Brien said the published 2022 catch limit list for yellowfin tuna is provisional, because the 2021 catch data – used to calculate the 2022 catch limits – will not be available until June 2022 for all gears except longline, and until December 2022 for longline. “For this reason, 2021 catch levels are assumed to be the same as those taken in 2020,” he said. In 2022, the E.U. has been allocated a total of 73,146 MT of yellowfin tuna, down from 73,945 MT in 2021. The other top beneficiaries this year include Maldives, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Yemen, and Pakistan, which were allocated 47,195 MT, 31,066 MT, 30,359 MT, 26,262 MT, and 14,468 MT, respectively. The lowest allocation went to France (territories), the Philippines, and the U.K. at 500 MT, 700 MT, and 500 MT,

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