The coronavirus continues to spread worldwide and stronger measures such as lockdowns and travel bans are being implemented by numerous governments. This could potentially impact global tuna management as it is already beginning to impede upcoming meetings of RFMOs.
The IOTC already canceled a meeting scheduled for May 11 in Seychelles and postponed another which was to take place this week in Thailand. ICCAT has put off two April sessions and turned a gathering for the swordfish and tuna species group into a webinar. Additionally, it canceled two meetings in May, one of which was the working group on stock assessment methods. Thus far, the IATTC and the WCPFC have not made any changes to their timetables.