Simple upgrades can yield meaningful improvements in how we manage one of the region’s most valuable assets
Bigeye tuna and its fate in the western and central Pacific is a hot topic in the world of seafood sustainability right now.
Students and scientists from all over the globe came together in Suva, Fiji last month to discuss threats to biodiversity in the Pacific region, including climate change, habitat loss, overfishing and bycatch- during the Society for the Conservation of Biology’s Oceania section conference.
Muchas de las propuestas cubrieron temas sobre los cuales tanto ISSF, WWF como otros grupos afines recomendaron a CIAT que emprendiera una acción urgente para incluir medidas de conservación del atún patudo, el atún de aleta amarilla y el atún de aleta azul; el desarrollo de reglas de control de recolección y puntos de referencia; números OMI obligatorios; y el reforzamiento del acatamiento y mayores protecciones para tiburones y mantas.
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.
Delegados de todo el mundo se darán cita pronto en Lima (Perú) para la reunión anual de la Comisión Interamericana del Atún Tropical (CIAT).
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.
Delegates from around the world will soon gather in Lima, Peru for annual the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Commission Meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 MoreApril 6, 2014
There is currently inadequate scientific information to conclude if deployments of FADs induce adverse impacts on tropical tunas.
In 2011, ISSF adopted an important conservation resolution supporting the need for effective observer coverage, human or electronic, on purse seine vessels.
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.
Comprehensive observer coverage on purse seine vessels is a critical component of sustainable fisheries monitoring and management for tropical tunas.
New Study Details Path to Reducing Bycatch and Fishing Responsibly
When it comes to managing the planet’s most important common resource, not everything is broken
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.
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)
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.
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.
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).