The Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna report provides information on the status of stocks as well as on bycatch and mitigation issues, and reviews programs undertaken by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) to manage tunas and related species.

The report includes:

  • Summary results of the most recent scientific assessment of the 23 commercial tuna species worldwide
  • Assessment of the effectiveness of current management measures adopted by RFMOs
  • Rankings of the 23 stocks using a consistent methodology focused on three factors: Abundance, Exploitation/Management (i.e., fishing mortality), and Environmental Impact (i.e., bycatch).

Download the most recent Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna report and infographics (tuna abundance and fishing mortality, by stock and by catch, and distribution of stocks based on abundance ratings, since 2011).


ISSF 2011-10: How to use the “Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna” Report

ISSF 2016-14: Management of Tuna Stocks and Fisheries. July 2016
Summarizes the management frameworks that are in place for tuna stocks and fisheries, with emphasis on RFMOs

ISSF 2016-05B: Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna. Nov. 2016* (Bycatch Appendix)
Rankings reviewed by a peer group of scientists and the factors for determining a stock’s color-status