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

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

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.

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

ISSF “Asks,” and ICCAT Results: The 2016 ICCAT Annual Meeting in Review

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

Position Statement for ICCAT Annual Meeting Calls for Progress on Harvest Control Rules and FAD Management

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its position statement in advance of the 20th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Vilamoura, Portugal, on 14-21 November 2016. “North and south Atlantic albacore stocks are no longer

The Majority of the Tuna Catch Comes from Abundant Stocks, But Overfishing of Some Stocks Continues

ISSF scientific report provides update on “status of the stocks”

The global commercial catch of tuna — a valuable, natural protein food source — reached 5 million tons in 2014, an increase from 4.6 million in 2013, according to the ISSF Tuna Stock Status Update – 2016 (Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna) report

CIAT90: Cierto Progreso, Pero Grandes Cuestiones Aún por Resolver

La Comisión Pospone la Conservación del Atún Hasta la Reunión de Octubre

Holly Koehler es la vicepresidenta de políticas y divulgación de International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, la Dra. Gala Moreno es investigadora científica de ISSF y Pablo Guerrero es el coordinador de temas relacionados con el atún del océano Pacífico oriental para la Iniciativa de Pesca Inteligente

IATTC90: Some Progress, But Big Issues Yet to Be Resolved

Commission Punts Tuna Conservation to October Meeting

Holly Koehler is the Vice President for Policy and Outreach for the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), Dr. Gala Moreno is a research scientist with ISSF, and Pablo Guerrero is the eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Coordinator for WWF’s Smart Fishing Initiative. All three were in

IOTC 20 Recap

IOTC Takes Important Steps for Skipjack Tuna, Falls Short on Yellowfin

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) met 23-27 May 2016 in La Reunion, France. ISSF Strategic Policy Advisor Claire van der Geest leads ISSF’s policy engagement in the IOTC and Wetjens Dimmlich is the Indian Ocean Tuna Programme Manager at World Wide Fund for Nature

Resetting the IOTC Compass

The 20th Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission will take place from 23-27 May 2016 in La Reunion, France. Claire van der Geest leads ISSF’s policy engagement in the IOTC and Wetjens Dimmlich is the Indian Ocean Tuna Programme Manager at World Wide Fund

Is Catching Immature Fish Truly Unsustainable?

9 January 2014 Victor Restrepo serves as Chair of the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee. Christopher Zimmermann and Kristina Barz are with Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries. There is a widespread perception that catching immature, smaller fish is a very bad thing. Several consumer and retailer