The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) hosted fifteen fishery fellows from eight Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) member nations; Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
The IOTC – of which Australia is a member – is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for the management of tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Ocean.
The group are in Australia as part of a professional development course run by the University of Wollongong’s Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) and funded by the DFAT Australian Awards Fellowships.
The fishery fellows spent the day at AFMA hearing about Australia’s management of tuna and reef species, our involvement in regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) and monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) programs within the region.
Whilst in Canberra the group met other Australian agencies including the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and visited Parliament House.
It was a great opportunity to share thinking and hear different nations’ perspectives on management priorities, compliance risks and experiences implementing solutions.
Featured Image: Group visiting Parliament House – image supplied by ANCORS