Status summary for tuna and tuna-like species under the IOTC mandate, as well as other species impacted by IOTC fisheries (and measures to mitigate these impacts).
The IOTC is essentially based on a three-step approach:
The primary functions of the Scientific Committee and its Working Parties are to provide the Commission with the information it needs to manage fish stocks under the IOTC mandate, as well as the ecosystems in which the fisheries operate.
The objective of the IOTC Regional Observer Scheme is to collect verified catch data and other scientific data related to the fisheries for tuna and tuna-like species in the IOTC area of competence. More information can be found on this page.
The IOTC (Contracting Parties and Cooperating Non-Contracting Parties) and affiliated organisations have numerous research programs currently in progress. Below are links to several of the key projects/programs which are addressing direct requests of the Commission: