The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has been criticised by WWF for failing to introduce catch limits for the commercial fish species under its control. The 14th Annual Meeting of the Seychelles-based IOTC held in Korea from 1-5 March ultimately left WWF feeling frustrated, but progress was made on some key issues relating to protection of sharks and seabirds
The First Seychelles Tuna Conference was held in Victoria from 5-6 February 2010 bringing together nearly 200 scientists, fishers, environmentalists and policy makers. At the end of the conference participants agreed to, among other things, contribute to the conservation of the ecosystem and the sustainable use of tuna resources by supporting the timely adoption of effective conservation and management measures based on the best scientific advice.
John Collie passed away at the Ayrshire Hospice, Ayr, Scotland at 11:10 am on December 30th 2009. John, a popular and well known personality in Seychelles was active in conservation for many years.
Where to next for coral reefs? Can a view of the future of corals be predicted by science? What about fisheries - with world fisheries increasing, is there enough fish to keep us going? What are the effects of overfishing and how does climate change affect fisheries and fish ecosystems? How do Tuna and Seabirds respond to global warming? What can looking at the ocean from above tell us about preservation of ecological resources? These were only a few of the questions being asked and answered by 470 experts of 26 nationalities who attended the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) sixth scientific symposium in Saint Denis, Réunion Island in late August.