The new measures were agreed at the 22nd ordinary meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), held in Istanbul from 9-19 November 2011.
Among the outcomes of the meeting was a measure that will strengthen action to reduce the accidental drowning of seabirds caught up in the fisheries. A deal was reached following a joint proposal by the UK Overseas Territories, EU, Brazil, South Africa and Uruguay.
On hearing the outcomes, Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham said:
“This represents a significant step forward in the sustainable management of our fisheries and for the protection of some of our most threatened seabirds in the South Atlantic. I am delighted that, with our support, the UK’s Overseas Territories have been able to play such a central role in helping to reach agreement on this important issue.”
Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, St Helena, and Turks and Caicos Islands comprise the UKOT membership of ICCAT