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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

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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

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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

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

NEW! Longline Best Practices Guidebook

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An updated purse seine skippers’ guidebook is also available for download.

An Age of Transformation in Tuna Fisheries

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Banking on partnerships.

Priorities for Atlantic & Mediterranean Tuna Fisheries

October 31, 2013 Tuna

An interactive look at management improvements needed in the region.

Much to Do on the Road to Cairns

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The WCPFC has a lengthy list of measures to consider & adopt this December.

Building on the Bellagio Framework

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Actively addressing capacity limits with an emphasis on rights-based management and allocation strategies.

Assessing the Compliance Process in Atlantic Tuna Fisheries

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Best practices in place, but room for improved public access to documents

Creating incentive for change

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There has to be incentive for businesses to play along.

The bigger the school, the better the catch

September 29, 2013 tuna fabien

A new infographic illustrates how fishers can help clean up their catch in one simple step.

The importance of understanding tuna biology

September 24, 2013 Kurt holding up a BET for the camera, as they had already tagged and released a sufficient number of BET with acoustic tags.  Note the elongate pectoral fins and vertical markings on the BET which distinguish it from similar sized small YFT.

“volumes of essential missing information about the biology and behavior of tunas”


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