Transparency at WCPFC

In tuna management, there is a direct connection between an RFMO’s level of transparency and the effectiveness of its governance. Ultimately, for tuna to be managed to be sustainable, consistent transparency and broad stakeholder participation are essential at RFMOs.

In a new ISSF blog post, Holly Koehler, ISSF Vice President, Policy and Outreach, outlines why and how the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) must become more transparent — especially to allow observer participation at its compliance monitoring working group meeting. At WCFPC’s Technical and Compliance Committee meeting, which begins on Sept. 27, NGO and industry organizations will once again be blocked from observing the compliance monitoring working group meeting.

Ms. Koehler also comments on ISSF and other NGO concerns about the observer guidelines drafted last year by WCPFC, which oversees the world’s largest tuna-fishing region.

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