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Position Statements

Conservation Priorities in the Western & Central Pacific

November 15, 2013

In order to remain robust and sustainable, the Pacific Ocean needs our support now more than ever.

Shared Priorities for eastern Pacific Tuna Fisheries

May 20, 2013 MUIR_IMG_1464

An interactive look at management improvements needed in the region.

Priorities for Indian Ocean tuna fisheries

March 28, 2013 Shark swim

explore the need for harvest control rules, FAD management & shark conservation

ISSF Calls on Nations to Limit Tuna Catches & Capacity in Eastern Pacific

June 19, 2012

ISSF released its position statement in advance of the 83rd Meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)

Support for Tuna Catch Limits in the Indian Ocean

April 17, 2012

ISSF is calling for more aggressive approach in efforts to implement conservation management measures that protect tuna stocks and the region’s greater marine environment.

ISSF Calls on WCPFC to Implement ‘Complete Closure’ of Purse Seine Fishery to Protect Bigeye Tuna

February 27, 2012

ISSF outlines actions items needed from the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission based on research compiled by the WCPFC Scientific Committee.

A Statement of Concern Regarding Mediterranean Albacore

January 23, 2012

The Mediterranean stock of albacore tuna produces about 4,000 tonnes annually, which is small compared to all other major commercial tuna populations. Nevertheless, the stock needs to be managed properly, regardless of its relative commercial importance.

ISSF Delivers Position Paper to the IATTC

July 5, 2011

ISSF submitted its position paper to the Inter-American Tuna Commission, the regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) responsible for managing tuna resources in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

ISSF Delivers Position Paper to the IATTC

ISSF submitted its position paper to the Inter-American Tuna Commission, the regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) responsible for managing tuna resources in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Tuna Coalition Backs Seasonal Pacific Fishery Closure

February 22, 2011 cc_steve_copley

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) unveiled its 2011 conservation goals for vulnerable tuna stocks, with emphasis on efforts to protect bigeye in the Pacific Ocean and yellowfin in the Indian Ocean.

Strengthened Conservation Measures Needed to Protect Pacific Tuna Stock

December 2, 2010 issf_tuna_02a

Action is needed in the Pacific Ocean to protect the vulnerable bigeye tuna stock from further decline, the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) cautioned.

Fishing Capacity

January 28, 2010

Despite the general consensus among scientists, regional bodies, and many governments that excess fishing capacity exists in most of the tuna purse-seine fisheries and large-scale longline fisheries, several recent attempts to limit or even discuss management of capacity within the tuna RFMO context have failed.

Marine Protected Areas

April 28, 2009

ISSF supports protective closed areas of sufficient size and duration, as determined by sound science, to accomplish clear conservation objectives for tuna populations and the ecosystem upon which they depend. Download: SOC Marine Protected Areas Translate


The upcoming Joint RFMO meeting, to be held in San Sebastian, Spain from June 29 – July 3, 2009, presents an excellent opportunity for meaningful global discussion and coordination on this urgent issue. ISSF strongly encourages serious study and coordination of effort.

Fishing Capacity and Rights-Based Management

ISSF is concerned about these issues, supports the FAO Plan of Action for the management of fishing capacity, and is committed to undertake actions to address the problems of excess fishing capacity and the benefits of rights-based fisheries management.


January 27, 2009

Bluefin tuna is almost exclusively supplied into the fresh fish markets and is not used in canned or pouch, shelf-stable tuna. However, the ISSF is concerned that the measures adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which were less than those recommended by the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics, are inadequate to halt the overfishing and to rebuild the stock.


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