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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

September 25, 2014 IMG_1388

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

August 24, 2014 torre g at sea

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

August 22, 2014 Yellowfin Figure 17

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).

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

May 14, 2014 _MG_8126

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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