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Recent News

Recent events of note include:-

  • Confirming that the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of southern bluefin tuna (SBT) for 2017 will be 14,647 tonnes and that the TAC for 2018 to 2020 will be 17,647 tonnes per year in accordance with the recommendation from the CCSBT’s Management Procedure.
  • From 2018, CCSBT Members are required to account for all fishing mortality of southern bluefin tuna (including commercial fishing, discards, recreational catches and artisanal fishing etc.) from within their allocation of the TAC.
  • An allowance of 306 tonnes per year has been set aside in the 2018-2020 TAC years to account for IUU catch by Non-Members.
  • Updating the Resolutions on Transhipment and the IUU Vessel list, the Corrective Actions Policy and the Minimum Performance Requirements to meet CCSBT Obligations in relation to the IUU Vessel List.
  • Adopting a Resolution on large-scale driftnet fishing that prohibits the use of large-scale driftnets in a manner which can reasonably be expected to result in the catching, taking or harvesting of SBT.
  • Agreement to continue the CCSBT’s independent Quality Assurance Review (QAR) program, with one Member (Taiwan) to be reviewed in 2017.
  • Agreement to continue the science program (costing over $1.1 million in 2017 excluding meetings), most of which is required for the current Management Procedure and the new Management Procedure that is being developed.


REWARDS - CCSBT tagging program

A REWARD will be provided for each SBT tag returned to the CCSBT. Two tags have been placed in most SBT. A reward will be provided for each of these tags, so please return both tags if they are present. For more information, please send an e-mail to