1.3  IOTC Yellowfin Tuna Rebuilding


  • July 31, 2021


  • April 23, 2021

The most recent advice from the IOTC Scientific Committee recommended a reduction in catches to at least below 403,000 tonnes annually, which would represent at a minimum a 1% reduction from 2014 catches, a 7% reduction from 2017 catches, or an 11% reduction from 2019 catches.

In the event the IOTC does not take action at its June 2021 Annual Commission Meeting to effectively implement the most recent IOTC SC advice, to increase the effectiveness of the Indian Ocean yellowfin rebuilding plan currently contained in Resolution 19/01, processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry shall commit to:

  1. Reduce annual sourcing of Indian Ocean origin yellowfin by 11% calculated with respect to the company’s average annual level of Indian Ocean yellowfin purchases from 2017-2019.
  2. ISSF Participating Companies shall publish by October 1, 2021 a statement on its company website describing its commitment to and implementation plan for paragraph 1.