Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program

The Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program, a legally-binding multilateral agreement which entered into force in February 1999, established this program, the successor to the 1992 Agreement on the Conservation of Dolphins (the La Jolla Agreement.) The IATTC provides the Secretariat for the program.

Objectives:

1.

To progressively reduce incidental dolphin mortalities in the tuna purse-seine fishery in the Agreement Area to levels approaching zero, through the setting of annual limits;

2.

With the goal of eliminating dolphin mortality in this fishery, to seek ecologically sound means of capturing large yellowfin tunas not in association with dolphins; and

3.

To ensure the long-term sustainability of the tuna stocks in the Agreement Area, as well as that of the marine resources related to this fishery, taking into consideration the interrelationship among species in the ecosystem, with special emphasis on, inter alia, avoiding, reducing and minimizing bycatch and discards of juvenile tunas and non-target species.

Parties to the AIDCP:

 

 

Date of signature

Date of ratification/accession (1)

Belize

.

11 May 2011

Bolivia (2)

 

 

Colombia

21 May 1998

10 September 2012

Costa Rica

21 May 1998

30 November 1999

Ecuador

21 May 1998

9 February 1999

El Salvador

22 January 1999

30 July 1999

European Union

12 May 1999

22 December 2005

Guatemala

 

17 May 2001

Honduras

23 June 1998

5 January 2000

Mexico

21 May 1998

15 February 1999

Nicaragua

21 May 1998

1 October 1999

Panama

21 May 1998

23 December 1998

Peru

 

10 March 2000

United States

21 May 1998

.21 July 1998

Vanuatu

26 June 1998

(3)

Venezuela

21 May 1998

19 September 1999

(1) Date of deposit of the instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession

(2) On 15 October 2001, Bolivia notified the depositary of Bolivia’s intention to apply the Agreement provisionally

(3) On 1 August 1999, Vanuatu notified the depositary of Vanuatu's intention to apply the Agreement provisionally



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