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Fisheries-Turtle Interactions in the IOSEA Region

IOSEA Synthesis paper  “Insights into Indian Ocean Fisheries-Turtle Interactions”

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Synthesis paper ‘Insights into Indian Ocean Fisheries-Turtle Interactions’

The synthesis paper ‘Insights into Indian Ocean Fisheries-Turtle Interactions’ was discussed by the Seventh Meeting of IOSEA Signatory States (Bonn, September 2014). The Secretariat prepared this paper in 2013 in response to the request of the Sixth Meeting of the Signatory States to begin an investigation of indirect take of marine turtles in legal fisheries occurring in the IOSEA region.

The paper analyses national reports submitted by member States of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to the 15th meeting of the IOTC Scientific Committee, held in the Seychelles in December 2012. The review sought to assess the reports’ potential contribution to the understanding of marine turtle bycatch in the Indian Ocean and the efficacy of by-catch mitigation measures undertaken by IOTC members. The paper was prepared to provide guidance to Signatory States with a view to taking IOSEA’s involvement in by-catch mitigation efforts to a new level.

Despite shortcomings, the national reports provided to the IOTC Scientific Committee include much information of interest and relevance to marine turtle conservation, including some data on the incidence of turtle bycatch. While this aspect was found generally incomplete and based on very limited observation and reporting, the paper noted, however, that the information contained in IOTC reports on fleet size and distribution could be used as starting point for more in-depth investigation of overlaps and interactions with marine turtle populations in the IOSEA region.

Furthermore, the national reports submitted by many of the same countries, as part of their reporting commitments to IOSEA, often provided complementary information on their fisheries and bycatch mitigation measures. In the interest of presenting a fuller picture of these efforts, Annex 2 to the report summarises the highlights of this additional information.

 
 
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