New, Amended Measures Reduce Bycatch, Augment MCS efforts & more
ISSF announced today the adoption of three new and two amended conservation measures to facilitate continuous improvement across global tuna fisheries. These five measures cover reducing incidental capture of sharks and marine turtles, supply and tender vessel monitoring, transshipment observers, and capacity management. The new measures go into effect on January 1, 2018.
Two new measures are the first to affect longline vessels specifically. The ISSF Status of the Stocks report shows that longline fishing accounted for 12% of the tuna catch globally in 2015; longline fishers caught nearly 143,000 tons of albacore tuna, for example.
All ISSF conservation measures directly impact how nearly 30 global seafood companies that are ISSF participating companies do business with vessels on the water, at the processing plant, and in the marketplace.
“ISSF continually reviews its conservation measures to update existing standards or to create new measures based on scientific research, fishing methods and conservation needs,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson. “With about 75 percent of the world’s canned tuna processing capacity conforming to multiple ISSF measures for sustainability best practices, and with major tuna companies being transparently audited against those measures, we have a real opportunity to make changes on and off the water.”
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — the world’s leading conservation organization — promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. To learn more, visit https://iss-foundation.org/.