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RFMO Best Practices Snapshots

A series of “snapshots” identify best practices for sustainable tuna fishing, from FAD management to IUU fishing topics. Updated to reflect 2019 outcomes, they compare tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO) progress in implementing these practices in detailed tables.

RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2020: FAD Management

RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2020: Authorised Vessel Lists

RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2020: IUU Vessel Listing

RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2020: Transshipment Regulation


Featured Blog

ICYMI: RFMO Outcomes in 2019

For more on recent outcomes for sustainable tuna fisheries, read the blog The Year in Tuna Sustainability by Holly Koehler, VP, Policy and Outreach at ISSF.

“True, our work with the world’s regional fishing management organizations (RFMOs) generated some notable accomplishments. Equally true: the pursuit of other victories just consumed a ton of patience. In that spirit, I’d like to recap the year’s RFMO activity in sustainably conserving and managing the world’s tuna resources — ISSF’s core mission.”

Read our recap


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More on RFMOs

Click through our RFMO web page for an overview of the five tuna RFMOs, including each organization’s history, geographical purview, a link to its website and more.

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Featured Partner

Common Oceans ABNJ Program

ISSF is pleased to partner with the Common Oceans ABNJ Program on its tuna project. A recent article summarizes the activities and outcomes of the program:

“Since it began in 2014 to its end in December 2019, the Common Oceans ABNJ Program has brought together global players around the world, improving fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in common oceans. Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and led by FAO, the program has encouraged cooperation between countries and raised awareness on ocean issues, offered training programmes and implemented initiatives to make fisheries more sustainable. Here are just four of the ways that the Common Oceans Program has helped make our oceans cleaner and more sustainable.”

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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. In 2019, ISSF celebrated a “Decade of Discovery” as the organization completed its tenth year of scientific research, advocacy and industry engagement. To learn more, visit iss-foundation.org, and follow ISSF on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.