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Maldives voices disagreement with Seychelles’ stance on regional plan to reduce tuna catch

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Maldives is the only country to object to Seychelles' request to use 2015 as the reference year to achieve the 15 percent reduction in yellow fin tuna catch, said the Executive Secretary of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).

According to an IOTC resolution last year, all purse seiners of member countries were to reduce their catch using 2014 as their base year. In a meeting held at the start of the year, the chief fisheries officer at Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA), Vincent Lucas, said that "we will be at a disadvantage if we use the base year 2014, as we had eight vessels then and currently have 13 vessels." Alexandro Anganuzzi said that the request to use 2015 as a baseline was circulated to all IOTC member countries for their consideration. (.......in INFOPECHE Trade news african edition).

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