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IATTC Takes some Steps Forward

July 23, 2014 HCR blog

As the 87th Meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) drew to a close last week in Lima, delegations were on the edges of their seats as proposals and revised drafts came up for debate in the closing hours of the meeting. Many of the proposals covered issues that ISSF, WWF and other like-minded groups recommended IATTC take urgent action on including tuna conservation measures for bigeye, yellowfin and bluefin; development of harvest control rules and reference points; mandatory IMO numbers; and strengthening compliance and greater protections for sharks and rays.

Con la mira puesta en Lima

July 3, 2014 Yellowfin Figure 17

Delegados de todo el mundo se darán cita pronto en Lima (Perú) para la reunión anual de la Comisión Interamericana del Atún Tropical (CIAT).

ISSF: A holistic approach to ending IUU

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Can ISSF do more than adopt conservation measures and hold its participating companies accountable to those measures? Absolutely. Since it’s inception five years ago, ISSF’s work has grown into a holistic suite of complementary efforts.

Looking to Lima

July 1, 2014 Yellowfin Figure 17

Delegates from around the world will soon gather in Lima, Peru for annual the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Commission Meeting.

IOTC 18: Opportunities slip through the net

June 12, 2014 Itano_ITAN0_IMG_2489

While the 2013 meeting of the IOTC was marked by the adoption of a number of conservation and management resolutions, IOTC Members appeared reluctant to take similar strong conservation and management actions at this year’s 18th Session in Colombo, Sri Lanka. All significant conservation and management proposals were deferred until the 19th Session to be hosted by the Republic of Korea in April 2015.

Moving The Capacity Management Dialogue Forward

May 31, 2014 Capacity-Transfer_Workshop

The global community has made a number of commitments and recommendations since the late 1990s to address and balance the dual interests of facilitating increased participation by developing States in high seas fisheries and the development of their own fisheries – all while reducing excess fishing capacity and managing overall fishing capacity.

IOTC Turns 18

May 25, 2014 Slide1

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) turns 18 this year – a coming-of-age milestone in many societies that brings with it greater responsibility for ones actions and increased expectations to care for the people and the world around you – a fitting theme, perhaps, for IOTC members.

Implementing Best Practices for Vessel Monitoring Systems

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Nearly all RFMOs have adopted requirements for vessels – purse seine and longline and in some cases carrier or supply vessels¬ – to participate in a satellite vessel monitoring system (VMS). However, the design and scope of these VMS programs, and how collected VMS data can be used by RFMOs, among other factors, vary widely.

We must work together to stop IUU fishing – a hungry world demands it

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Monitoring the practices and the number of fishing vessels at sea in an effort to protect fish stocks and respect national and international regulation is not just a conservation issue – it’s an economic and food security concern as well.

ISSF Workshop Outlines Research Agenda Critical to Understanding FAD Impact on Tuna Biology, Habitat and More

April 6, 2014 A drifting FAD in the Pacific Ocean.

There is currently inadequate scientific information to conclude if deployments of FADs induce adverse impacts on tropical tunas.


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In 2011, ISSF adopted an important conservation resolution supporting the need for effective observer coverage, human or electronic, on purse seine vessels.

Taking Stock and Moving Forward

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This February, ISSF held Skipper Workshops with the tuna purse seine fishers of the Korean and Taiwanese fleets to review ways to mitigate bycatch in tuna fisheries. The Korean and Taiwanese bycatch reduction workshops were the first for these fleets, but thanks to the good reception, we foresee this collaboration extending in the future.

Bycatch and observer programs in purse seine fisheries

March 7, 2014 Cover Option

Comprehensive observer coverage on purse seine vessels is a critical component of sustainable fisheries monitoring and management for tropical tunas.

The Use of FADs in Tuna Fisheries

March 1, 2014 A drifting FAD in the Pacific Ocean.

New Study Details Path to Reducing Bycatch and Fishing Responsibly

Governing the Oceans

February 26, 2014 genericvesselpic2

When it comes to managing the planet’s most important common resource, not everything is broken

Fishing with FADs and fleet dynamics

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Large knowledge gaps regarding the use of FADs still exist, and this uncertainty is hindering management decision-making on the use of FADs by purse seiners.

Shark bycatch and post-release survival

February 10, 2014 shark2.10.14

The ISSF Bycatch Project sponsored a study to look at the post release survival rates of juvenile silky sharks incidentally captured in purse seine nets when fishing for tuna around drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs)

Harmonizing and Developing Best Practices in Fisheries Science

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There are differences from species to species when it comes to biology, however, methodologies for researching, assessing and modeling may be useful across many fisheries.

Is Catching Juveniles Truly Unsustainable?

January 9, 2014 These fish are caught by small purse seine vessels.

The expectation that protecting juveniles will automatically result in increased sustainability is well entrenched in fisheries science and management. But this perception may not always be well founded.

2013 in Review – Wins for Harvest Control Rules and Reference Points

December 21, 2013 Slide1

As we look back at the accomplishments of 2013, let’s take some time to review the progress made concerning another strategic focus for ISSF – the adoption by all tuna RFMOs of fishery management decision frameworks, specifically harvest control rules (HCR) and stock-specific reference points (RP).

2013 – A Year of Success in FAD Data Collection and Advancing IMO Numbers

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Looking back at progress made in 2013

A Holistic Approach to Sea Turtle Conservation

December 4, 2013 turtle

Seven sea turtle species considered to be threatened at some level.

New Resource on Asia-Pacific Stocks

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Website offers details on globally important fishing grounds.

Success in Cape Town

November 27, 2013 MUIR_IMG_1464

New rules for the conservation and management of Atlantic tunas and other associated species.


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