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
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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.
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).
Looking back at progress made in 2013
Seven sea turtle species considered to be threatened at some level.
Website offers details on globally important fishing grounds.
New rules for the conservation and management of Atlantic tunas and other associated species.
An updated purse seine skippers’ guidebook is also available for download.
An interactive look at management improvements needed in the region.
The WCPFC has a lengthy list of measures to consider & adopt this December.
Actively addressing capacity limits with an emphasis on rights-based management and allocation strategies.
Best practices in place, but room for improved public access to documents
There has to be incentive for businesses to play along.
A new infographic illustrates how fishers can help clean up their catch in one simple step.