Fifth Working Party on Vollaboration and Cooperation in Yuna Fisheries, Durban, South Africa, 1-3 November 2016.
Attending the fifth Working Party were delegates from Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and the United Republic of Tanzania. The African Union (AU), the European Commission (EC), IOC-Smartfish, IOC-SWIOFish1, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the World Bank and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) also participated as observers. The Working Party considered a letter received from France, considered and reviewed 15 Articles of the draft Protocol on minimum terms and conditions (MTC) of fishing access, noted the progress of the SWIO Fisheries Accord, received an update on the high level of ratification of the PSMA within the SWIOFC, received a briefing on the third IOTC Technical Committee on Allocation Criteria, received a briefing on the progress of harmonization of the IOC and SADC MCS processes, noted the good collaboration of SWIOFC members at the last IOTC meeting and the significant IOTC Conservation and Management Measures that were agreed, received updates of actions carried out in regard to sustainable tuna fisheries development, and updated the work plan. The next working party will be hosted by Tanzania.