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Agreement for the Establishment of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission

Document type
Field of application
Nov 25, 1993
IUCN (ID: TRE-001227)
Title (French)

Accord portant création de la Commission des thons de l'Océan indien

Title (Spanish)

Acuerdo para la creacion de la Comision del atun para el Oceano Indico

Title (Other)

Übereinkommen zur Einsetzung der Thunfischkommission für den Indischen Ozean

Place of adoption
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
English, French
Entry into force
Mar 27, 1996

Objectives: To establish the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission. Summary of provisions: The Commission is established within the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The species and the area covered by the Agreement are defined in articles II and III. Parties agree that the objective of the Commission is to promote co-operation among its members with a view to ensuring the conservation and optimum utilisation of stocks and encouraging sustainable development in fisheries based on such stocks (art. V). The Commission is to, inter alia, adopt conservation and management measures, promote research and development activities, and transmit to the Director-General of the FAO reports on its activities and programmes. Article IX sets voting procedures concerning the adoption of binding measures and the right of States to object thereto. Parties further undertake to, inter alia, implement the Agreement and conservation and management measures which become binding on them (art. X), and transmit to the Commission an annual statement thereon. Institutional mechanisms: The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission is established, with a permanent Scientific Committee (art. XII).

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