86% of Global Tuna Catch Comes from Stocks at Healthy Levels, Some Stocks Remain Overfished

State of Tuna Stocks Worldwide Assessed in Comprehensive ISSF Report

Of the total tuna catch, 86% came from stocks at “healthy” levels, an 8% increased share of the total catch since last reported, according to an October 2018 International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. Skipjack tuna stocks — at healthy levels in all ocean regions — still comprise more than one-half of the total catch.

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BLOG: Dr. Victor Restrepo on ICCAT

In the lead up to the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), ISSF’s Dr. Victor Restrepo discusses why bigeye and yellowfin tuna stocks are of special concern this year—and what the Commission must do about it.

“Managers must take action to reduce the mortality of bigeye and yellowfin tuna in the purse seine fishery,” Dr. Restrepo writes.

“Potential measures, in addition to fully allocated catch limits, could include:

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