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TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH (TAC):

There was a mixed reaction to the concept of Total Allowable Catch. Norway stated that conservation and management, particularly in relation to Total Allowable Catch (TAC), should be based on the best scientific data available from an internationally recognized scientific body. The EC said that TACs have been applied for 15 years with good results. It is not an ideal system but it can be improved. Japan suggested that all regional bodies set TACs throughout a species range if it is known. It is quite reasonable and appropriate to think of TACs as applicable to the whole range. Some highly migratory fish stocks are known to migrate through the EEZs of dozens of coastal States. If each State establishes its own TAC on account of its sovereign rights, it is unlikely that a TAC will be set up on the high seas. Tanzania supported the adoption of TACs within major fisheries management organizations, but said that other measures should be considered, including mesh size restrictions, season closures, and the use of traditional and cultural conservation methods. Morocco said that TACs are effective when there are powerful regional authorities in place.