Understanding the IUCN Red List
“In the days since the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released its updated Red List of Threatened Species™, many colleagues have contacted ISSF to celebrate IUCN’s news that four tuna species were no longer classified as endangered.
IUCN attributed the progress to countries enforcing sustainable fishing quotas and successfully combating illegal fishing, which are essential for protecting in-demand fish stocks and the marine ecosystem. In noting any improvements in tuna stock health, sustainable fishing stakeholders also should acknowledge successes in implementing needed fisheries management measures by tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs).
As a coauthor of the tuna portion of the IUCN assessment updates, I welcome attention to the urgency regarding tuna stock sustainability and I join in the celebration of hard-won gains in tuna conservation. But there is more to the story.”
In a new ISSF blog, Dr. Victor Restrepo considers why it’s important to understand how the IUCN Red List methodology compares to other tuna assessment criteria.
Science-led, collaborative efforts are the key to regional fisheries management organizations making progress on improved management of fish aggregating devices (FADs), including for the world’s busiest tuna fishing grounds in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO). Two papers written jointly by scientists with the Oceanic Fisheries Programme of the Pacific Community (SPC) and ISSF present current regional research projects on FADs to better understand drifting FAD (dFAD) use and limit related ecosystem impacts
The papers were published on the occasion of the recent meeting of the Scientific Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)—which reviews the latest science on the largest tuna fisheries in the world—and address topics of timely concern to the Commission.
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