its 4th Session, held in Kyoto, Japan from December 13th
to 17th, the Commission approved the implementation of
sampling programmes in Indian Ocean ports of Thailand,
Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Mauritius and South Africa.
The Programmes are designed to provide data on the activities
of longline fleets that do not supply logbook data, the
bulk of which operate from these ports. In this page,
we will provide frequent progress reports and general
information about the status of the programmes. Please
the Secretariat for more information.
The Programmes are to be implemented through close
collaboration between IOTC and local organizations that
have been dealing with tuna fishing from longliners
since the beginning of their activities. A sampling
team working under supervision of a local scientist
supports each Programme.
The first objective is to estimate of the total catch
- Monitoring of fishing activity by recording all
calls from tuna longliners at each port;
- Monitoring of tuna landings by sampling at the processing
plants, on the docks and/or on-board, depending on
whether catch is landed or transhipped to obtain the
breakdown by species and size distribution as well
as other biological data;
- Monitoring of longline tuna fishing operations through
port interviews of fishing masters to obtain characteristics
of the vessel and the gear as well as information
about fishing methods and grounds.