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

Sustaining Tuna Fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Will this year’s WCPFC annual meeting bring progress on the sustainable management of the world’s most abundant tuna fishing grounds?

November 20, 2016

Claire van der Geest is Strategic Policy Advisor for ISSF and is based in Australia. Bubba Cook is the Western and Central Pacific Ocean Tuna Programme Manager at World Wide Fund for Nature and is based in New Zealand.   With purview over an ocean

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ICCAT 2016: Implementing Harvest Strategies in Tuna Fisheries via Management Strategy Evaluations

November 11, 2016

In recent years in the fisheries and sustainability communities, we’ve been working on the need to adopt harvest strategies (a.k.a. management procedures) or harvest control rules (HCRs) through the implementation of Management Strategy Evaluations (MSE) at tuna RFMOs. Most RFMOs have started processes to promote dialogue

Priorities for Atlantic & Mediterranean Tuna Fisheries 2016

October 25, 2016

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) in Portugal from November 14-21. As always, we have a list of items we would like to see member nations