It’s IMO Number Time

RFMO deadlines for acquiring a unique vessel identifier from the International Maritime Organization are imminent

Posted by Victor Restrepo and Ana Justel Tuna RFMO International Maritime Organization (IMO)

2015 Year in Review and New Year’s Resolutions

Reflecting on a year of collective efforts in the tuna RFMOs, taking stock of what progress has been made, and making our list of priorities for next year

Posted by Holly Koehler It is that time of year again. ISSF’s travel-weary

Understanding the IUCN Redlist

Posted by Victor Restrepo and Bill Fox Thursday, 7 July 2011 On July

Update from ICCAT

Progress on Management, but Impasse on Sharks and Other Topics

Full Steam Ahead for WCPFC

Improved tuna measures, harvest strategies, and bycatch mitigation top the priority list for annual meeting


The western and central Pacific Ocean is home to the world’s largest tuna fishing grounds, with more than half of the world’s tuna catch coming from this region. Tuna resources are integral to many coastal state economies, providing tens of thousands of jobs. Coastal States and fishing nations will meet in Bali, Indonesia this December for the 12th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), the governing body for tuna stocks and the associate marine ecosystems of the region. As always, there is a great deal at stake and our coalition has a list of things we would like to see member nations accomplish.

ICCAT Meeting 2015: Building the framework for the precautionary management approach

As the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) gets ready for their 24th Regular Meeting in St. Julian’s, Malta from November 10-17, ISSF is committed to helping the region continue progress on fisheries management. The strategy for doing so prioritizes, but is not limited to, urging further improvement in the collection of FAD data, expanding the use of human observers, electronic monitoring and reporting technologies, and advancing the development of Harvest Control Rules (HCRs) in order to increase sustainability in the region’s tuna fisheries.

Interactive Blog: Priorities for Atlantic & Mediterranean Tuna Fisheries 2015

Atlantic and Mediterranean fishing nations are getting ready to come together for the 24th Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in St. Julian’s, Malta from November 10-17. Our coalition has a list of things we would like to see member nations accomplish. You can download our position statement, or you can use this page filled with interactive links to learn more about the issues that matter most.

Taking Fisheries Monitoring to the Next Level: Electronic Monitoring in Ghana

Through the use of modern technologies to better monitor fishing activity at sea, there can be many winners: existing observer program coverage can be complemented, data needed for both scientific and compliance purposes are collected, the Government of Ghana can improve monitoring and control and vessel owners can clearly observe what is happening aboard their boats.

More Transparent than Ever

When the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s (ISSF) Participating Companies agreed to follow the Foundation’s list of Conservation Measures, they knew that independent compliance auditing would be necessary to independently assess conformance and also to track performance over time. With the level of detail in this year’s audit, it has become even more obvious that the independent audit is an indispensable part of the process. Not only does it keep things in check, it has proven to be the most effective way to track detailed progress and reveal gaps that need additional work. During MRAG Americas’ recent audit of the Participating Companies to assess conformance with the 2014 conservation measures and commitments, we took things further than in year’s past. We shared our preliminary findings with all of the individual companies and a dialogue period allowed all parties to discuss the information submitted and to provide additional information to assist us in reaching accurate and well-supported conclusions. The final audit results were based, then, on a more thorough review of all relevant information, resulting in the most clarity in ISSF auditing results MRAG Americas has ever been able to report, as well as the ability for ISSF to track continuous improvement. Not only does this serve the primary audit and compliance purposes, but perhaps more importantly, it gives a clear picture of where everyone is, and helps chart a course for where they need to be.