Resolution 12/09

Regulation Title
Resolution on the Conservation of Thresher Sharks (Family Alopiidae) Caught in Association with Fisheries in the IOTC Area of Competence

Prohibits retention of all 3 species thresher sharks (Section 2) and requires safe handling & release. Potential for spatial & temporal measures to flow from Section 6:

3. CPCs shall require vessels flying their flag to promptly release unharmed, to the extent practicable, thresher sharks when brought along side for taking on board the vessel.

6. CPCs shall, where possible, implement research on sharks of the species Alopias spp, in the Convention area in order to identify potential nursery areas. Based on this research, CPCs shall consider additional management measures, as appropriate.