A Harvest Control Rule is a set of well-defined management actions that are taken in response to changes in stock status, and include appropriate, biologically-based reference points. The Maldives and Republic of Indonesia embarked on an ambitious program to develop a HCR and Harvest Strategy (HS) for its tropical tuna fisheries in archipelagic waters, to ensure that these valuable resources are managed sustainably and used optimally.
On Thursday 26 May, the Maldives and 14 coastal countries led the adoption of a harvest control rule (HCR) for skipjack tuna. This represents a big step forward for the long-term outlook for that fishery and the communities dependent on it. This well-defined, pre-agreed management framework, informed by science, is an example of best-practice fisheries management, and this is the first skipjack tuna fishery in the world to have such a system in place.
The aim of Indonesia’s harvest strategy is to maintain commercial tuna stocks at sustainable levels, while maximising the economic returns to Indonesian society. Under the leadership of Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), the harvest strategy will also create a more reliable and predictable operating environment for the fishing industry, enabling greater certainty and confidence in investment opportunities.