Symposium on Tuna Tagging in the Indian Ocean

1 November 2012, at 12:00am

GLOBAL - The European Commission is participating as a major benefactor in the Indian Ocean Tuna Tagging Symposium, 30 October 2 November 2012, in Grand Baie, Mauritius.

The EU supported the research project, the Indian Ocean Tuna Tagging Programme (IOTTP), through the European Development Fund and between 2002 - 2009 more than 200,000 tuna were tagged and released in various areas of the Indian Ocean. The aim of this project was to know more about the status and population dynamics of the main stocks of tropical tunas in the Indian Ocean.

This symposium will focus on the evaluation of the IOTTP so far. Today more than 31,500 tags have already been recovered in this project, giving new insights into the spatial and migratory movements along with population dynamics and the biology of tropical tuna species such as Yellowfin.

The latest results of this research will hopefully allow a debate on the relationship between science and management which should lead to improvements in long-term sustainability, which is at the core of the reform of Common Fisheries Policy.