Report of the first session of the IOTC Working Party on Tropical Tunas.
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The emphasis of the meeting was placed on bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), but a number of the conclusions and recommendations reached apply equally to all tropical tunas. A review of fisheries and available data confirmed that both longline and purse seine fisheries for bigeye tuna have been expanding rapidly over the current decade. There are however major gaps in catch and effort data available, in particular major longline fleets operating from Indonesia and several eastern Indian Ocean ports and some which are engaged in illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. Furthermore, size data for most longline fisheries are generally missing or of doubtful quality. A number of recommendations on research were formulated, dealing with improvements in fisheries and biological data collection and diffusion and with stock assessment. In particular, the process for estimating IUU catches through a vessel registry, landings database and port sampling proposed by the Permanent Working Part.....
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