Charting RFMO Progress Against ISSF Priorities

ISSF and its partners cooperate with and support Regional Fisheries Management Organizations

(RFMOs), and vigorously advocate to RFMO members, for the adoption and implementation of science-based management measures — so that tuna stocks and their ecosystem are managed comprehensively and sustainably.

Our advocacy priorities include:

  • Implementation of rigorous harvest strategies, including harvest control rules (HCRs) and reference points
  • Effective management of fleet capacity, including developing mechanisms that support developing coastal state engagement in the fishery
  • Science-based FAD management & non-entangling FAD designs
  • Increased member compliance with all measures adopted, and greater transparency of processes reviewing member compliance with measures
  • Strengthened Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) measures and increased observer coverage, including through modern technologies such as electronic monitoring and e-reporting (EM/ER)
  • Adoption of best-practice bycatch mitigation and shark conservation and management measures

A series of graphics in the latest ISSF annual report show how RFMO conservation measures or policies are progressing in key tuna conservation categories identified by ISSF.

Learn about RFMO progress on ISSF’s priorities – electronic monitoring & reporting, harvest control rules, and FAD management

About RFMOs

Tuna are highly migratory, swimming through international waters belonging to many nations. To manage tuna stocks, countries sharing these resources joined together to create Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs). Member nations of these governing bodies are responsible for setting catch limits, monitoring the health of stocks, and regulating the right to fish.

Learn more about tuna RFMOs here


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. To learn more, visit