Mixed Results for Tuna Conservation, FAD Management and MCS Tools at IOTC

Hundreds of Indian Ocean fisheries experts, decision makers and NGO observers attended the 22nd Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) in Bangkok recently. We saw the Commission make progress on some of ISSF’s priority “asks,” but waver on many others. Here is our



ISSF Position Statement Calls for Better Management of Stocks and Non-entangling FAD Requirements in Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO)

Reducing catches of yellowfin and bigeye tuna and adoption of a non-entangling FAD measure are among the changes advocated for Western and Central Pacific Ocean fisheries by ISSF in a position statement submitted for the 14th Regular Session Meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Media Contact: Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, charlie@sqcomms.com Washington, DC – December 1, 2017 – Reducing catches of yellowfin and bigeye tuna and adoption of a non-entangling FAD measure are among the changes advocated for Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) fisheries by the International Seafood Sustainability



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



ISSF Report Analyzes Purse Seine Tuna Fishing Impacts on Sharks, Rays, and Other Species

Marine Scientists Summarize Best Approaches for Reducing Bycatch in Purse-Seine Fisheries

Using data from Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), scientific observer programs, and its own at-sea research and skippers workshops, the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has published an updated report that documents purse-seine tuna fishing’s impact on “non-target” species. The bycatch species covered in the



E News 6 July 2017

READ: Experts Share Research & Results Biodegradable FADs in Marine Science Today FADs are often crafted from durable materials like PVC pipe, nylon nets and synthetic rope. Materials from lost or abandoned FADs eventually disperse, sink or wash ashore. As a result, researchers have documented



ISSF Announces New and Amended Conservation Measures on Shark and Turtle Protections, Supply and Tender Vessel Monitoring, and Transshipment

Tuna Fisheries Conservation Group Expands Measures for Global Seafood Companies to Reduce Bycatch; Augment Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Efforts; and More

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) announced today the adoption of three new and two amended conservation measures to facilitate continuous improvement across global tuna fisheries. These five measures cover reducing incidental capture of sharks and marine turtles, supply and tender vessel monitoring, transshipment observers,



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



Engaging Fishers in Asia’s Small-Scale Tuna Fisheries

A new collaboration tailors best-practice sharing to small vessels operating in Indonesia and Vietnam

Dr. Jefferson Murua works in the Marine Research Division of Azti-Tecnalia, a non-profit foundation committed to the social and economical development of the marine environment and food sector. Dr. Murua also conducts educational workshops and research on behalf of ISSF. Much of ISSF’s bycatch mitigation



Mitigating Problematic Bycatch in Tuna Fisheries

Accounting for Conflicts between Species Groups

Eric Gilman, a fisheries advisor to The Nature Conservancy, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and other organizations, is a member of ISSF’s Environmental Stakeholder Committee. Fisheries targeting tunas and other species with high reproductive rates can have large impacts on incidentally caught



Is Catching Immature Fish Truly Unsustainable?

9 January 2014 Victor Restrepo serves as Chair of the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee. Christopher Zimmermann and Kristina Barz are with Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries. There is a widespread perception that catching immature, smaller fish is a very bad thing. Several consumer and retailer