Developing regional minimum terms and conditions for granting tuna fisheries access in the Western Indian OceanThis document serves as the report for the WWF-Coastal East Africa Global Initiative consultancy on ‘Developing Regional Minimum Terms and Conditions (MT & Cs) for granting tuna shing access in the Western Indian Ocean’, (Agreement No CN63), designed to:
(i) Contribute to a sound and coordinated tuna management in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO)
(ii) Empower the WIO coastal and Island States to engage with Distant Water Fishing Nations (DWFNs) in order to develop and secure far greater economic returnsfrom the tuna resources within their jurisdiction, while ensuring their sustainability.
The focal States for the implementation of this contract are; Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar and South Africa. The consultancy was initiated on 1st August 2012, and completed on 28th September 2012.
This report is based on a comprehensive desk review of various documents. A summary of the Bibliography is annexed. Input was drawn from relevant reports written by sheries management and development experts, international instruments, existing tuna sheries agreements, national and regional policies, legal frameworks, development plans, strategy papers, sheries statistical data, and sheries stock assessment and economic reports. The consultant also discussed and collaborated with a range of specialists, including WIO governments, WWF teams, national and regional bodies, and also research institutions.