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The Commission's Role

The Commission's objective is to ensure, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilisation of the global SBT fishery. The Commission also provides an internationally recognised forum for other countries/entities to actively participate in SBT issues.

In pursuit of this objective the CCSBT performs a number of functions. It:-

  • Is responsible for setting a total allowable catch and its allocation among the members;
  • Considers and administers regulatory measures to meet Convention objectives;
  • Conducts and coordinates a scientific research program aimed at providing information to support the Commission's management objectives ( the program is a mixture of member managed activities and activities managed directly by the CCSBT Secretariat);
  • Takes decisions to support and implement fishery management;
  • Provides a forum for the discussion of issues relevant to the conservation objectives of the Convention;
  • Acts as a coordination mechanism for member's activities in relation to the SBT fishery;
  • Fosters activities directed towards the conservation of ecologically related species (living marine species which are associated with the SBT fishery) and bycatch species;
  • Encourages non members engaged in the fishery, to accede, apply for cooperating non-membership, or participate as observers in Commission activities;
  • Cooperates and liaises with other regional tuna fishery management organizations in areas of mutual interest.