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IATTC Makes Little Progress

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Although several delegations put forth progressive proposals on these issues, the meeting ended with the adoption of only a handful of measures – and some were even a step backward.

Preparándonos para Guayaquil: Prioridades para la reunión anual de la CIAT de este año

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Delegados de todo el mundo se darán cita la semana próxima en Guayaquil (Ecuador) para la reunión anual de la Comisión Interamericana del Atún Tropical (CIAT). Este órgano directivo es responsable de la gestión de los recursos atuneros del océano Pacífico oriental (EPO) y es el más antiguo del mundo. Las prácticas óptimas, tales como el logro de una cobertura íntegra por parte de observadores en ciertos buques cerqueros y una completa recogida de datos, han sido la norma aquí durante bastante tiempo, lo cual ha hecho de la CIAT un líder en ciertas áreas. Aun así, como es el caso de todas la OROP del atún, las naciones pesqueras deben seguir mejorando y fortaleciendo sus esfuerzos para gestionar los recursos vitales de su región con el fin de mantenerse al día en relación con normativas internacionales en evolución y con las expectativas de mercado.

Getting Ready For Guayaquil

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Next week, delegates from around the world will gather in Guayaquil, Ecuador for the annual the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Commission Meeting. This management body is responsible for managing tuna resources in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO), and it’s the world’s oldest. Best practices like 100% observer coverage on certain purse seine vessels and comprehensive data collection have been the norm here for some time, and that makes the IATTC a leader in certain areas. However, as is the case for all tuna RFMOs, fishing nations must continue to improve and strengthen their efforts to manage their region’s vital resources to keep pace with evolving international standards and market expectations.

IOTC 19 Outcomes: Progress on Management and MCS Tools

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Constructive engagement from all parties at the 2015 IOTC session resulted in moderate improvement on some fronts, including data provision and target and limit reference points. But there is more work to be done


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Every year in recognition of World Tuna Day, our Foundation sets aside some time to reflect on the wins of the year behind us and what will be our focus in the year to come.

Managing Fisheries for the Future

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This year’s IOTC meeting, held 27 April-1 May 2015 in Busan, Korea, has the potential to be a concrete win for sustainable tuna and a turning point for tuna management in the Indian Ocean.

Priorities for Indian Ocean Fisheries


Indian Ocean fishing nations are getting ready to meet for the 19th session of the Commission this April in Busan, Korea, and our coalition has a list of things we would like to see member nations accomplish.

Driving Change on the Front Lines of Indonesia’s Tuna Fisheries


Situated at the intersection of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Indonesia is a growing player in the global seafood marketplace. Understanding the catch and associated effort from Indonesian tuna fishing vessels and identifying and implementing effective management practices is therefore critical for ensuring sustainable tuna resources in both the Indian and Pacific oceans.


January 26, 2015 A drifting FAD in the Pacific Ocean.

As the gap on FAD data begins to close, the bottom line remains – no gear or method is perfect, and comprehensive management is the goal

Around the World in a Year

January 12, 2015 accra workshop

2014 marked another productive round of ISSF by-catch mitigation workshops held with fishers from the principal tuna purse seine fleets of the world.

2014 Year in Review and New Year’s Resolutions

December 12, 2014 Behavior in net

Hits And Misses On The Journey Toward More Sustainable Tuna

BRAVO! ICCAT Quickens the Pace and Shifts in the Right Direction on VMS and FADs

November 26, 2014 Tuna in the Pacific.

The 19th Special Meeting of ICCAT took some important steps last week to move the needle forward in several critical management areas to assure the future sustainability of tuna in the region.

ISSF and WWF to WCPFC: Act Now to End Bigeye Overfishing

November 21, 2014 A school of tuna in a fishing net.

If WCPFC can’t get bigeye right, is the rest of the fishery at risk?


November 14, 2014 Cover Option

Coastal States and fishing nations will meet this December for the 11th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). 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.

Observers and Vessel Monitoring Systems – Essential Programs for Successful Tuna Fisheries Management

November 7, 2014 Tuna in the Pacific.

As the Commission’s annual meeting in Genoa, Italy commences, our organizations – Monterey Bay Aquarium, WWF and ISSF – join together in urging ICCAT to adopt amendments to strengthen its VMS provisions as well as to join other tuna RFMOs and require 100 percent observer coverage for purse seine vessels.

Priorities for Atlantic & Mediterranean Tuna Fisheries

October 29, 2014 Behavior in net

Atlantic and Mediterranean fishing nations are getting ready to come together for the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Our coalition has a list of things we would like to see member nations accomplish.

Pacific Tuna Fisheries: Decisive Management Requires Transparency and Timely, Accurate Data

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The tenth session of the WCPFC Technical and Compliance Committee commences on 25 September in Pohnpei, Micronesia.

Collaboration at Sea: ISSF’s Bycatch Project Cruises Again

September 23, 2014 Measuring Yellowfin

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is the science provider to the WCPFC, the RFMO with the mandate for assessing and managing tuna resources in the western and central Pacific Ocean. For several years, SPC has been tagging tropical tunas in the region with both conventional and archival tags. These tagging cruises provide crucial inputs to the stock assessments done by SPC as well as information about the movement behavior of the different tuna species.

Pacific Fisheries 2.0

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Simple upgrades can yield meaningful improvements in how we manage one of the region’s most valuable assets

To protect bigeye tuna, keep your eye on the big picture

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Bigeye tuna and its fate in the western and central Pacific is a hot topic in the world of seafood sustainability right now.

Protecting Sharks – Idea Sharing at the Symposium on Fisheries Bycatch in Oceania

August 9, 2014 hutchinsonblog

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.

La CIAT avanza unos pasos

July 26, 2014 HCR blog

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.

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).


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