NEW! Indian Ocean Tuna Management Workshop

Members from Indian Ocean coastal states gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka recently to develop their understanding of the precautionary approach, management procedures and management strategy evaluation (MSE).

ISSF was pleased to lend its scientific expertise to the workshop that gathered representatives from the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) member countries, invited by the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project and partner World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The need for effective management through management procedures that include harvest control rules, with associated reference points, is critical in modern tuna fishing practices. Increased understanding and harmonized practices will contribute effectively to the progress of sustainable tuna fisheries resources.

Learn more on the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project website



Harvest Control Rules, Reference Points & Harvest Management Plans 

ISSF’s Susan Jackson and Dr. Victor Restrepo and WWF’s Bill Fox discuss implementation of harvest control rules as a strategy to keep populations above specific reference points and why Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) should adopt harvest management plans.

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The Ins and Outs of Management

ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee member Dr. Gerald Scott on tuna fishery management options, and the uses of input and output controls.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Journey to a Harvest Control Rule in the Indian Ocean

In 2016, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission meeting adopted a harvest control rule (HCR) for skipjack tuna consistent with scientific advice. The adoption of this initial skipjack HCR is the culmination of significant work, investment and advocacy by many parties – nations, industry, NGOs, scientists and retailers – and it paves the way for refinement as the management strategy evaluation work continues. 

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