ISSF Wants Concrete Progress on Harvest Strategies in the Indian Ocean

Position statement outlines top ISSF “asks” for Indian Ocean Tuna Commission

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) published its position statement in advance of the 22nd Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) in Bangkok, Thailand, May 21-25. One of ISSF’s highest priority items for IOTC is to advance the region’s management strategy evaluations (MSE)

State of Tuna Stocks Worldwide Assessed in Comprehensive ISSF Report

Global tuna catch stays at 78% healthy level

Of the total tuna catch in 2016, 78% came from stocks at “healthy” levels, unchanged since last reported, according to a February 2018 International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. Skipjack tuna stocks — at healthy levels in all ocean regions —

The 2017 ICCAT Meeting In Review

A Review of Hits and Misses for Atlantic Ocean Tuna Fisheries

I came out of this year’s annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT, the intergovernmental body that regulates tuna fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean) with a mixture of frustration and satisfaction. Going in, I expected that this could be

Updated ISSF Status of the Stocks Report Shows Tuna Stock Abundance and Fishing Mortality Improvements

ISSF releases updated Status of the Stocks report; latest data shows 78% of global tuna catch from stocks at “healthy” levels

Of the total tuna catch, 78% comes from stocks at “healthy” levels, an increase of 2% since last reported, according to a November 2017 International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. Eleven percent of the global catch comes from overfished stocks, and another 11% of

State of Tuna Stocks Worldwide Assessed in Comprehensive ISSF Report

In total 2015 tuna catch, 76% came from stocks at healthy levels; most bluefin tuna stocks continue to be overfished

Of the total tuna catch in 2015, 76% came from stocks at “healthy” levels, a decrease of 1% from 2014, according to a February 2017 International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. The current percentage-from-healthy-stocks figure, while in need of improvement, has stabilized recently following several

ISSF Report Shows Management of Many Tuna Stocks Falling Short of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Sustainability Standards

Wider adoption by RFMOs of clear harvest control rules can help to prevent overfishing and stock depletion

Only 11 of 19 major commercial tuna stocks are being managed to avoid overfishing and restore depleted fish populations, in part because the majority (16) of them are not protected by well-defined harvest control rules (HCRs) from Regional Fishing Management Organizations (RFMOs), according to independent

ISSF “Asks,” and ICCAT Results: The 2016 ICCAT Annual Meeting in Review

Last month, ahead of the November 14-21 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) annual meeting in Portugal, ISSF shared a position statement and a blog post articulating our observations and policy recommendations for the Commission—guided, as always, by the advice of the

Sustaining Tuna Fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Will this year’s WCPFC annual meeting bring progress on the sustainable management of the world’s most abundant tuna fishing grounds?

Claire van der Geest is Strategic Policy Advisor for ISSF and is based in Australia. Bubba Cook is the Western and Central Pacific Ocean Tuna Programme Manager at World Wide Fund for Nature and is based in New Zealand.   With purview over an ocean

Position Statement for ICCAT Annual Meeting Calls for Progress on Harvest Control Rules and FAD Management

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its position statement in advance of the 20th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Vilamoura, Portugal, on 14-21 November 2016. “North and south Atlantic albacore stocks are no longer

The Majority of the Tuna Catch Comes from Abundant Stocks, But Overfishing of Some Stocks Continues

ISSF scientific report provides update on “status of the stocks”

The global commercial catch of tuna — a valuable, natural protein food source — reached 5 million tons in 2014, an increase from 4.6 million in 2013, according to the ISSF Tuna Stock Status Update – 2016 (Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna) report