New Fish Conservation Measures Agreed for South Indian Ocean

15 July 2016, at 1:00am

GLOBAL - Fisheries in the South Indian Ocean are set to become more sustainable after members of the South Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) adopted a series of conservation measures in La Reunion last week.

The conservation measures adopted will restrict the expansion of fisheries, regulate bottom fishing activities, protect vulnerable marine ecosystems, and contribute to the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The European Commission said they represent a positive outcome for the EU, which is leading the SIOFA interim secretariat.

SIOFA aims to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the region. Its current members include Australia, the Cook Islands, the European Union, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mauritius, and the Seychelles.