The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) is in an enviable position. All WCPFC tuna stocks—except for Pacific Bluefin tuna—are at healthy levels. That is, the ISSF Status of the Stocks report rates these stocks as “green,” which means they are not overfished nor subject to overfishing.
Prior management actions taken by WCPFC and its member nations—as well as by the Pacific Islands Fisheries Forum Agency (FFA) and the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) coastal states for their national waters—have created this positive picture. But further improvements are needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) resources region-wide and to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities that threaten them.
In a new blog for ISSF, Claire van der Geest, Strategic Policy Advisor for ISSF, and Bubba Cook, Western and Central Pacific Ocean Tuna Programme Manager at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) review shared priorities ahead of the annual WCPFC meeting next month.
ISSF Responds to ICCAT Meeting
ISSF’s Dr. Victor Restrepo attended the recent ICCAT annual meeting in Croatia. In a new blog, he reflects on the meeting outcomes and their impact on the management of Atlantic Ocean tuna fisheries.
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. To learn more, visit iss-foundation.org, and follow ISSF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.