The 16th annual conference of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka for the first time, on March 14-22. It will see the participation of over 40 countries.
At this event Sri Lanka plans to strengthen ties with the 40 countries in the fisheries industry through bilateral and multilateral discussions.
During the conference Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Dr Rajitha Senarathne is expected to discuss ways of working together to strengthen the fisheries industry with the participating countries.
Some of the main areas that will be discussed with especially Maldives are ways of increasing the quantity of tuna being exported to Europe, taking common positions on matters such as Illegal Unregulated and Unreported Fishing (IUC), when it goes before international fisheries bodies and also, to collaborate in the protection of fishery resources and prevention extinction and plans to set up a Tuna factory in Sri Lanka with the collaboration of Maldives.