Selected Resolutions, Recommendations, Decisions concerning Marine Turtles (particularly in relation to by-catch mitigation)


Title Number Year
Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals 
Bycatch 12.22 2017
 IOSEA Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding
Resolution to Promote the Use of Marine Turtle Bycatch Reduction Measures by IOSEA ‎Signatory States - 2008
Urging the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and its Member States to Address ‎Marine Turtle By-Catch Issues within the IOSEA Region 3.1 2005
Policies for Fisheries and Coastal Development Activities in the Indian Ocean and ‎South-east Asia in the Aftermath of ‎the Tsunami of 26 December 2004‎ 3.2 2005
 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Guidelines to Reduce Sea Turtle Mortality in Fishing Operations - 2009
 Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles
Promote sustainable fishing in international waters, especially for the protection of sea turtles CIT-COP5-2011-R7 2011
Reduction of the adverse impacts of fisheries on sea turtles COP3/2006/R-2 2006
 Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)    
Resolution to Mitigate the Impact of Tuna Fishing Vessels on Sea ‎Turtles C-07-03 2007
Resolution on a Three-year Program to Mitigate the Impact of Tuna Fishing on Sea Turtles C-04-07 2004
Recommendation on sea turtles C-03-10 2003
 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
Recommendation amending recommendation 10-09 on the by-catch of sea turtles in ICCAT fisheries 13-11 2013
Resolution on Sea Turtles 03-11 2003
 Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)  
Resolution on the Conservation of Marine Turtles 12/04 2012
 Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO)
Resolution to Reduce Sea Turtle Mortality in NAFO Fishing Operations NAFO/FC Doc. 06/7 2006
 South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO)
Resolution to Reduce Sea Turtle Mortality in SEAFO Fishing Operations 14/09 2009
 Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)  
Guidelines for the Handling of Sea Turtles - 2010
Conservation and Management for Sea Turtles  CMM 2008-03 2008


An RFMO management database maintained by ISSF (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation) and last updated March 2014 lists the most recent measures adopted by RFMOs for stock conservation, bycatch mitigation, and monitoring.