NGO Tuna Forum Identifies Best Practices

ISSF and other leading NGOs focused on global tuna stock sustainability – convened through the NGO Tuna Forum – have collaboratively developed best practice papers to inform and guide tuna regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs), fishery improvement projects (FIPs), fisheries management authorities, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries with conditions, and commercial processing and harvesting sectors across the supply chain in developing and/or reforming regulations, policies and procedures, and compliance regimes.

One paper offers best practices for at-sea transshipment, while the second offers best practices for fish aggregating device (FAD) fisheries.

The NGO Tuna Forum was established in 2017 to bring together NGOs and other individuals and organizations that work comprehensively on tuna sustainability issues globally. The Forum works to elevate “pre-competitive” engagement where possible on issues and opportunities that fall within one or more of the following core focus areas:

  • RFMO Management & Advocacy
  • Market-based Mechanisms for Improving Sustainability
  • On the Water Research, Activities and Improvements

Read Collective Best Practices for Well-Managed FAD Fisheries

Read Collective Best Practices for Well-Managed At-Sea Transshipment

More Best Practices

ISSF maintains a series of RFMO best practices“snapshots” that identify best practices for sustainable tuna fisheries management across a series of timely topics.

In addition to a succinct review of the practice and why it’s needed, tables compare tuna RFMO progress in implementing them, recently updated to reflect 2018 outcomes.

Read all snapshots 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. 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, and follow ISSF on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.