The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission in March expressed its frustration with South Africa's continued tardiness at completing the necessary processes to become a full member of the IOTC. It is unclear what "accession processes" are required to be completed by South Africa. The IOTC has given South Africa until its next meeting in 2012 to complete all processes for full membership.
The IOTC Compliance Committee also noted with concern the number of illegal fishing vessels flying the flags of Iran, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The full report of the Compliance Committee is available at http://www.iotc.org/files/proceedings/2011/s/IOTC-2011-CoC8-R[E].pdf