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Management (RFMOs)

Tuna are highly migratory. That means they swim through international waters and waters belonging to many nations. To manage tuna stocks, countries sharing these resources joined together by treaty creating regional fisheries management organizations or RFMOs. Member nations of these governing bodies are responsible for setting catch limits, monitoring the health of stocks and regulating the right to fish.

One of ISSF’s key objectives is fully functioning regional fisheries management bodies that follow the scientific directive to protect and conserve tuna stocks and ocean health.

Regional Fisheries Management Organizations

Want to know more about RFMOs and how your government plays an important role in the management and conservation of tuna fisheries? Click on the links below to find out how these organizations work.

The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna issues fishing quotas for the Southern Pacific’s bluefin tuna stock. Although the ISSF does not directly deal with sustainability issues surrounding Bluefin Tuna it is important to understand who is.
The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission is the oldest of the regional tuna management bodies, created in 1949 by a Convention between Costa Rica and the United States.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas is an inter-governmental fishery organization responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas.
Unlike the other tuna RFMOs, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission was created within the framework of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization’s Constitution.
The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission deals with all aspects of conservation and management of fish stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.