REPORT: 2019 Skippers Workshops Round Up
The latest round of the ISSF Skippers Workshops continued the close collaboration between tuna fishers and marine scientists through a series of 12 participatory bycatch-reduction meetings in nine countries.
Key fleets in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, Eastern Pacific Ocean, and Western Pacific Ocean were covered. Zadar, a hometown to Croatian skippers operating in the Pacific Ocean, was also added to the extensive list of locations covered by the workshops. A new attendance record was reached in Manta, Ecuador with 173 participants in a single workshop.
In ISSF Skippers Workshops, fisher participants share feedback on different sustainable fishing approaches. This infographic, updated to reflect data from the latest round of workshops, tracks changes in skippers’ acceptance of transitioning to non-entangling fish aggregating devices (FADs) from traditional FADs to reduce shark and other bycatch in tuna fisheries. It also shows the number of Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMOs) proposals relating to policies on non-entangling FADs in fisheries.
WATCH: Skippers Workshops
A video offers a behind-the-scenes look at an ISSF workshop with tuna fishers. Dr. Gala Moreno and Dr. Jefferson Murua, facilitators of ISSF skipper workshops, reflect on the value of fisher-scientist collaboration at an ISSF biodegradable FAD workshop in Dakar, Senegal.
The workshop was part of The Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
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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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.