ISSF Statement on IOTC March 2021 Special Session

Indian Ocean Fisheries Managers Fail to Act for the Protection of Yellowfin Tuna Stocks

ISSF and its stakeholders called for immediate action by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) at its Special Session held virtually from March 8-12 to conserve the region’s overfished yellowfin stock.  Regrettably, this IOTC Special Session failed in its one goal — to agree on a…

ISSF Calls for Much-Needed Reforms Toward an Effective Rebuilding Plan for Indian Ocean Yellowfin Tuna

Despite COVID-19 Challenges, IOTC Must Do Everything Possible to Hold a Productive Meeting

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has published a position statement ahead of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s (IOTC) virtual March 8-12 Special Session. The Session was called at the conclusion of the IOTC 24th Session Meeting in November 2020 in order to discuss a…

ISSF Report: 16 Tuna Stocks Not Meeting Criteria for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Sustainability Standard

Now including bluefin tuna stocks, report reveals that seven stocks achieve passing score on MSC Principle 1, and most tuna RFMOs score well on MSC Principle 3

Independent fisheries scientists in An Evaluation of the Sustainability of Global Tuna Stocks Relative to Marine Stewardship Council Criteria — a February 2021 report commissioned by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) — found that seven out of 23 major commercial tuna stocks worldwide are…

Electronic Monitoring in Indian Ocean Tuna Fisheries  

A new report, “Minimum standards for designing and implementing Electronic Monitoring systems in Indian Ocean tuna fisheries,” co-authored by scientists from ISSF, AZTI-Tecnalia and the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), was recently presented to the IOTC Scientific Committee as an important step in accelerating the…

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…

87% of Global Tuna Catch Comes from Stocks at Healthy Levels, While 10% Require Stronger Management

Updated ISSF Report Rates State of Tuna Stocks Worldwide

Of the total commercial tuna catch worldwide, 87% came from stocks at “healthy” levels of abundance, according to the newest International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. In addition, 10% of the total tuna catch came from overfished stocks and 3% from…

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

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…