“We’re hopeful more standard-setting improvements are on their way, especially when it comes to HCRs, reference points, fleet capacity, and the management of FADs.”
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Washington, DC – 28 June 2016 – The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) released its position statement in advance of the 90th Meeting of IATTC in La Jolla, California 27 June to 1 July, 2016. As top priorities, ISSF urges IATTC to:
- Implement harvest control rules (HCRs) limit and target reference points and require that the HCR be tested for robustness to the main uncertainties in the stock assessment.
- Adopt management measures for all fleets to avoid an increase in fishing mortality for bigeye and yellow fin tunas.
- Improve transparency with regard to member nations’ compliance with adopted measures and strengthen its monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) tools.
“IATTC is the currently the only major tuna RFMO with a closed vessel registry — leading by example for all other RFMOs in this regard,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson. “We’re hopeful more standard-setting improvements are on their way, especially when it comes to HCRs, reference points, fleet capacity, and the management of FADs.”
We call on the Eastern Pacific region to continue progress in science-based management and transparency of compliance by members. We believe it can serve as a leader and a model for other areas of the world and look forward to working closely with the organization and the member nations to advocate for proper management of tuna stocks and overall ocean health.”
IATTC delegates received numerous outreach letters from ISSF participating companies as well as like-minded NGOs and industry colleagues prior to the meeting.
Additional improvements noted in the ISSF position statement include:
- Implement shark conservation and management proposals tabled by the United States, Costa Rica, the European Union and other co-sponsors — especially for silky shark and hammerhead shark — and the requirement that all sharks be landed with fins naturally attached.
- Increase observer coverage on longline vessels to 20% over a five-year period.
- Require 100% observer coverage (human or electronic) for IATTC class-4 and class-5 purse seine vessels, where not already required.
- Strengthen compliance with the existing 5% longline observer coverage requirement, by identifying and sanctioning non-compliance through the Review Committee.
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 iss-foundation.org.
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