IATTC members reached agreement recently on conservation measures for bigeye and yellowfin tuna. They aligned to a total catch limit for yellowfin and bigeye by set type – meaning that there are no national allocations; once the total limit is reached, fishing by set type must stop for all – and to extend the previous time/area closure for one year.
While it is disappointing that the IATTC delayed taking action for seven months, we are pleased consensus on a set of some measures was reached for these important stocks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
How effective will these measures be? In a new blog, ISSF’s Holly Koehler and Dr. Gala Moreno take a look at the questions left in the wake of the IATTC’s second extraordinary meeting, and again call for action to protect these species.
Resource Roundup: ISSF Technical Reports
To achieve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health, ISSF provides tools for RFMOs, vessel owners, participating companies, and governments, which facilitate the application of science-based approaches. And ISSF monitors and reports on the status and international management of global tuna stocks.
ISSF is pleased to share new and updated technical reports. We invite you to utilize these resources in our collaborative efforts to improve the long-term sustainability of global tuna fisheries.
ISSF 2016-18A: Workshop on the Use of Biodegradable Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs)
ISSF 2016-17: Mitigation of Silky Shark Bycatch in Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries
ISSF 2016-13A: Compendium of ISSF At-Sea Bycatch Mitigation Research Activities as of 12/2016