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International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)


submitted by Canada, EU and US
notes: Consensus could not be reached on implementation of the MSE this year, especially due to the submission by Canada of new data sets for consideration by the commission shortly before the start of the meeting as well as requests to review allocation tables before setting up the MSE. US, Canada and EU agreed to roll over the previous measure in the interim.
Posted on 20 November 2023

notes: No Recommendation was tabled. The MSE couldn’t be adopted this year, despite the SCRS stating that it supported Management Procedure adoption this year and no CPCs having expressed opposition to moving forward this year in prior meetings.
Posted on 20 November 2023

Resolution by ICCAT on the development of initial conceptual management objectives for Atlantic Bigeye Tuna, Yellowfin Tina and the Eastern Stock of Skipjack
submitted by US
notes: Consensus couldn’t be reached by CPCs. Rejected by the EU, Guatemala and Canada based on issues including feasibility of implementation timeline despite the timeline have been already established in Rec. 15-07.
Posted on 20 November 2023

ICCAT agreeing to advance plans for and to respond to biodiversity impacts notably in relation to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity. In addition, the resolution calls for the Commission to take an active role in the discussions leading up to the implementation of these instruments.
submitted by Commission Chair
Posted on 20 November 2023

Amendments made to clarify investigation procedures with regards to Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) vessel listing measures which now requires CPCs to investigate and report potential IUU listings within 60 days of notification – to the Secretariat for immediate circulation to all CPCs.
submitted by China
Posted on 20 November 2023

This year’s commission meeting was unable to bring an end to several years of stalemate on the issue or to demonstrate ICCAT’s capability of reaching consensus on the sustainable management of the stocks under its remit.
submitted by South Africa, Japan, Brazil, Namibia, Angola, Cabo Verde, Côte D’ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea (Rep.), Guinea-bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, São Tomé And Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uruguay and EU
rejected by Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Curacao, Belize, Honduras, followed by many other CPCs.
Posted on 20 November 2023

notes: This proposal has been tabled at ICCAT for the past 15 years. Despite listing the support of CPCs including US, Belize, France (on behalf of Saint-pierre and Miquelon), Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, South Africa, UK, EU, Canada, Albania, El Salvador, Senegal, Algeria, Guatemala, Honduras, Gabon, Ghana, Norway, Morrocco, Panama, Brazil, Egypt, The Gambia, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico and Venezuela, the recommendation was rejected not adopted due to blocking from Japan.
Posted on 20 November 2023

New non-binding protection measures for cetaceans caught in the Convention area in association with ICCAT fisheries, which prohibit these species being retained on board, transhipped, or landed, in whole or in part.
submitted by Korea
notes: Consensus reached as non-binding
Posted on 20 November 2023

Adoption of a resolution to ban the retention of mobulid rays caught in association with ICCAT fisheries. This includes best handling practices for the release and reporting interactions with these species. It also asks SCRS to identify options for future research and data collection to support the conservation of these species.
submitted by UK
notes: Adopted on the basis that it will only enter into force if there is a consensus on the interpretation of the SCRS advice at the 2024 annual meeting of the Commission, as requested by Japan and China.
Posted on 20 November 2023

submitted by EU
notes: Adopted version revises the catch limits and a different threshold is defined for non-developing, non-coastal State CPCs. In addition, the recommendation specifies the year (2025) in which the SCRS shall inform the Commission on the feasibility, cost, options and tentative roadmap for developing an MSE framework for this species.
Posted on 20 November 2023

Recommendation lowers the TAC for North Atlantic blue sharks from 39,102 t to 30,000 t after merging proposal with UK. EU’s initial proposal was 32,689t (PA4_813), UK’s initial proposal was 23,403/25,000 t (PA4_818)
submitted by EU
notes: Adopted on the basis Morocco receives quota transfers from EU and Japan.
Posted on 20 November 2023

I.1 Recommendation by ICCAT for a pilot project for farming bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in the Cantabrian Sea

Recommendation setting up a bluefin tuna farming pilot project in the Cantabrian Sea.
submitted by EU
notes: Adopted as a recommendation.
Posted on 20 November 2023