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RFMOs Must Rise to the Challenge of Improving Fisheries Management During COVID-19

COVID-19 blindsided everyone in 2020. Yet crisis can galvanize people and institutions to rise to meet challenges and be their “best selves.” In important ways, the global catastrophe of COVID-19 has indeed spurred information-sharing, problem-solving, and other essential collaboration across borders and oceans.

In that spirit, we had hoped tuna regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) would have met their continuing fisheries-management responsibilities last year with even more urgency and commitment.

But for the most part, RFMOs set a too-low bar — and treaded water. This year, status quo simply will not do. Here’s why we think so.

Read the blog by ISSF President Susan Jackson



3 Ways Fisheries Managers Can Pivot on Monitoring, Control and Surveillance

With the global pandemic impacting the work of human fisheries observerselectronic monitoring (EM) in global tuna fisheries is in the spotlight more than ever.

Here are three ways fisheries managers can act to fully embrace EM today, while enabling a long and successful future for this important monitoring, control and surveillance tool.

Read the blog by ISSF’s Holly Koehler


Position Statement

IOTC Virtual Special Meeting

Last year, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) extended its resolution on yellowfin tuna stock rebuilding and agreed to hold a special meeting in March 2021 to consider a new rebuilding plan that implements the scientific advice. 

An ISSF position statement reviews top “asks” for IOTC at their March special session.

Read the statement



ISSF in the News 

Majority of tuna catches from stocks at ‘healthy levels’

Fish Focus



About the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)

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. Helping global tuna fisheries meet sustainability criteria to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard — without conditions — is ISSF's ultimate objective. To learn more, visit iss-foundation.org, and follow ISSF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.