In the Atlantic Ocean region, managers will soon have the opportunity to improve the sustainability of their tropical tuna fisheries. And given the inaction at last year’s meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), this year’s to-do list is especially urgent.
In a new blog ahead of next month’s ICCAT meeting in Spain, ISSF’s Dr. Victor Restrepo and Holly Koehler outline priorities for this year’s gathering, where stronger management and better data are crucial to the long-term sustainability of the region’s tuna fisheries.
Best Practices for FAD Management | 6 Recommendations with Practical Examples
ISSF and other NGOs have put together lists of the elements that they consider to be most important for effective management of FADs. An ISSF paper expands upon the six elements of FAD management that ISSF considers most important:
- Complying with flag state and RFMO reporting requirements by set type
- Voluntarily reporting additional FAD buoy data for use by RFMO science bodies
- Supporting science-based FAD limits
- Using non-entangling FADs to reduce ghost fishing
- Mitigating other environmental impacts due to FAD loss including through the use of biodegradable FADs and FAD recovery policies
- Implementing further mitigation efforts for silky sharks
The report provides practical examples that fleets can adopt as their FAD management policies.
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81% of tuna catch comes from stocks at healthy levels, 15% require stronger management
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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.