Featured Report

Benchmarking Tuna RFMO Performance against the U.N. FAO Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA)

From minimum standards for inspector training to advance notice of port entry, report identifies IUU-mitigation gaps and opportunities

ISSF’s report Port State Measures in Tuna RFMOs: Benchmarking RFMO Port State Measures Against the 2009 FAO PSMA and Identifying Gaps evaluates how well the port-State measures established by tuna regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) follow an overarching international standard enacted to deter illegal, unreported, and unreported (IUU) fishing. In 2009, the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) — a binding international agreement — was adopted through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

“For more than a decade, the PSMA has set the standard for port States to detect and investigate IUU fishing, report on their inspections, and share data to prevent illegally caught fish from entering the seafood supply chain. But in order for this to work effectively globally, stronger and more consistent implementation is needed by all port States,” explains report author Holly Koehler, ISSF’s Vice President, Policy & Outreach.  “Our report prioritizes the changes each RFMO should make to strengthen its measure by more closely aligning it with the PSMA — thereby improving fisheries management, flag State performance and international efforts to combat IUU.” 

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Featured Series

Technical Reports on RFMO Best Practices

A series of ISSF technical reports analyze and evaluate key elements of fisheries management at tuna RFMOs — from authorized vessel lists to RFMO compliance assessment processes. Updated to reflect 2020 outcomes, each report: describes the practice or policy at issue in detail; surveys how that practice is implemented at tuna RFMOs; and closes with best practice recommendations for global tuna fisheries managers.

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Transshipment: Strengthening Tuna RFMO Transshipment Regulations

Survey of Human Observer Programs for Purse Seine Vessels and a Set of Best Practices

Tuna RFMO Compliance Assessment Processes: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices

Port State Measures in Tuna RFMOs: Benchmarking RFMO Port State Measures Against the 2009 FAO PSMA and Identifying Gaps

RFMO Vessel Monitoring Systems: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices

Survey of the Treatment of Support/Supply/Tender Vessels in Tuna RFMOs

Tuna RFMO Authorised Vessel Lists: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices

Combatting IUU Fishing: Continual Improvement and Best Practices for IUU Listing Measures in Tuna RFMOs


Featured Graphics

Tuna RFMOs & Port State Measures

A graphic compares each tuna RFMO’s port state measure elements against the provisions in the FAO Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), identifying gaps between them and recommending priority areas for RFMO focus.

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The International Challenge of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

An infographic describes the impact of IUU fishing activities and explains what ISSF does to help combat it.

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