Maldives Granted Highest Tuna Fishing Quota in the Asia Region

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has granted the Maldives the largest fishing quota in the Asia region this year.

According to the list published by IOTC, 47,195 tonnes will be allocated to the Maldives this year. However, the largest quota is allocated to the EU. This amounts to 73,146 tonnes. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka had the second highest quota in the Asia region with a limit of 31,066 tonnes.

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The Maldives fished an average of 47,000 tonnes from 2017 to 2019. In 2020, 42,000 tonnes of tuna were fished.

Limits set for other countries:

  • Pakistan: 14,000 tonnes
  • Thailand: 2,000
  • Seychelles: 30,000
  • Bangladesh: 2,000
  • Mauritius: 10,490
  • China: 10,557

IOTC passed a resolution last year to limit the number of countries fishing tuna. India, Somalia, Oman, Madagascar and Indonesia are among the countries that did not agree to the resolution. Therefore, the number of tuna taken by these countries has not been limited.

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