Tuna Fisheries Management in Turbulent 2020 – The Good and the Bad

Holly Koehler, Vice President, Policy & Outreach

ISSF Statement in Response to IATTC Special Meeting

The action by IATTC at its emergency Commission meeting held on December 22 — a meeting and decision that ISSF and its stakeholders called for earlier this month — keeps crucial “status quo” fishing effort and catch limit provisions and active FAD limits in place for 2021. This decision ensures that the…

Tuna Fisheries Management in Turbulent 2020 – The Good and the Bad


Holly Koehler, Vice President, Policy & Outreach

Date: December 17, 2020

Dec. 22, 2020: See an update about IATTC’s Dec. 22 emergency meeting. This year has tested all of us, including decision-makers at the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) that manage commercial tuna stocks. All tuna RFMOs were forced to hold their annual meetings virtually or…

ISSF Statement: IATTC Fails to Preserve Tuna Conservation and FAD Measures at Annual Meeting  

Date: December 7, 2020

Last month, ISSF and its partners appealed to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) to, at a minimum, act to ensure its current measures on tuna conservation and management do not lapse and stay in place for 2021. ISSF outlined its science-based recommendations to IATTC…

Charting the Course for Sustainable Fisheries

Working Together to Meet the Challenges of Covid-19

Susan Jackson

Date: June 9, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a waking nightmare, unravelling normal life as we have known it — a unifying traumatic event that has been compared to the world wars of the last century, although of course there is no precedent in our lifetimes for the…

The Year in Tuna Sustainability: Some Celebrations, Some Disappointments

Many Points on the Horizon Are Looking Much Brighter, But Regulators, Industry Remain Adrift in Challenging Seas.

Holly Koehler

Date: January 3, 2020

One of the biggest fish in Silicon Valley, Elon Musk, stirs up turbulence with just about everything he says. But, as I reviewed 2019’s record of progress in tuna sustainability, one of his comments came back to me, calm and clear. “I’m learning patience,” he…