An Appeal for Eastern Pacific Tuna Fisheries

Improvements to tuna measures, including harvest control rules, and more progress on FAD science are a must at this year’s IATTC meeting

June 28, 2017

It was merely a few months ago that we attended the last in a series of extraordinary meetings of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) — gatherings convened to address unfinished business from the 2016 Commission’s meeting. As we prepare for the 2017 IATTC meeting

Eight Students Win ISSF Travel Awards to Attend 68th Tuna Conference

June 21, 2017

Established in 1950, The Tuna Conference is a forum for representatives of organizations concerned with tunas, billfishes, and sharks to exchange information and ideas. Scientists, students and others meet every year at the Lake Arrowhead Conference Center in the California mountains.   Eight college students won ISSF Travel Awards

Progress and Missteps for Indian Ocean Tuna Fisheries

Tuna Management Organization Meeting Yields New, Improved Measures on Harvest Strategies, to Combat IUU, and to Protect Sharks

June 1, 2017

As the dust settles on the annual meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), it’s time to reflect on this year’s progress and missteps.  Progress: IUU, Sharks, and Harvest Strategies We are delighted that, following two years of work, the IOTC Commission adopted amendments

No Effective Management in Indian Ocean Tuna Fisheries without Monitoring, Control and Surveillance

On the eve of the annual IOTC meeting, to maintain momentum gained on harvest strategies, a call to action on MCS measures is issued

May 17, 2017

Monitoring, Control and Surveillance, or MCS, underlies effective fisheries management. The often-quoted paper Recommended Best Practices for RFMOs makes it plain: “Compliance with, and effective enforcement of, agreed conservation and management measures, supported by adequate MCS, are crucial to implementation [of management measures]”. MCS provides

World Tuna Day 2017

The Movement for Sustainable Tuna Has Gone Global

May 2, 2017

World Tuna Day is upon us again, on May 2. Every year, the observance gives stakeholders on the march toward sustainable management of the world’s tuna resources a chance to reflect on recent progress, both material advances as well as symbolic ones. First celebrated globally

IATTC and Tuna Conservation: Third Time’s a Charm?

Eastern Pacific fisheries commission makes some progress toward protecting yellowfin and bigeye tuna, but only in the short term.

February 15, 2017

Seven months ago, we attended what turned out to be the first in a series of IATTC Commission meetings tackling the important issue of effective conservation measures for bigeye and yellowfin tuna. The 2016 stock assessments by IATTC staff indicated that yellowfin and bigeye tuna

Reflections on Seven Years of Skippers Workshops Around the World

From Ghana to San Diego, collaboration between fishers and scientists is normalizing science-based sustainability practices in today’s tuna fisheries

February 8, 2017

ISSF sponsored Skipper Workshops for the seventh consecutive year in 2016, convening purse seine fishers from around the world with marine scientists to listen and learn from each other about sustainable fishing. From 2009 through 2015, we presented workshops on 4 continents and in 17

2016 Year in Review – What Difference Did a Year Make?

A look at the year’s tuna management hits and misses, including at the recent WCPFC annual meeting

December 14, 2016

Every December, the ISSF team takes stock of the year’s achievements in the tuna RFMOs. We also set our sights on new goals and identify areas where stronger collaboration can ensure progress on priorities that need extra attention. Harvest Strategies Harvest strategies, which include harvest

ISSF “Asks,” and ICCAT Results: The 2016 ICCAT Annual Meeting in Review

December 1, 2016

Last month, ahead of the November 14-21 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) annual meeting in Portugal, ISSF shared a position statement and a blog post articulating our observations and policy recommendations for the Commission—guided, as always, by the advice of the

What a Difference a Year Could Make: A Wish List for WCPFC 2016

November 29, 2016

One year ago, as the 12th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) approached, we published a blog post sharing ISSF’s view of priorities and potential solutions for tuna fisheries in the WCPO region. Now that the WCFPC annual meeting is