International Seafood Sustainability Foundation Releases Updated Snapshot of Large-Scale Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fishing Fleets

At least 1,871 purse seiners fishing for tunas worldwide as of June 2018 

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has issued an updated “snapshot” of Large-Scale Tuna Purse Seine Fishing Fleets as of June 2018, which shows about a three percent increase in the number of purse seine vessels worldwide since 2017.  Having an accurate estimate of active vessels is



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 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,



What a Difference a Year Could Make: A Wish List for WCPFC 2016

One year ago, as the 12th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) approached, we published a blog post sharing ISSF’s view of priorities and potential solutions for tuna fisheries in the WCPO region. Now that the WCFPC annual meeting is



CIAT90: Cierto Progreso, Pero Grandes Cuestiones Aún por Resolver

La Comisión Pospone la Conservación del Atún Hasta la Reunión de Octubre

Holly Koehler es la vicepresidenta de políticas y divulgación de International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, la Dra. Gala Moreno es investigadora científica de ISSF y Pablo Guerrero es el coordinador de temas relacionados con el atún del océano Pacífico oriental para la Iniciativa de Pesca Inteligente



IATTC90: Some Progress, But Big Issues Yet to Be Resolved

Commission Punts Tuna Conservation to October Meeting

Holly Koehler is the Vice President for Policy and Outreach for the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), Dr. Gala Moreno is a research scientist with ISSF, and Pablo Guerrero is the eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Coordinator for WWF’s Smart Fishing Initiative. All three were in



High Expectations for IATTC90

ISSF and WWF set priorities for the upcoming IATTC meeting

Holly Koehler is the Vice President for Policy and Outreach for the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, and Pablo Guerrero is the eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Coordinator for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Smart Fishing Initiative. Beginning June 27, 2016, delegates from around the world will



Priorities for Eastern Pacific Tuna Fisheries

IATTC is getting ready for the 90th meeting of the Commission. Our coalition has a list of things we would like to see member nations accomplish.

The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) is getting ready to meet for the 90th meeting of the Commission from­­­­­­­­­­­­ June 21 – July 1, 2016 in La Jolla, California and our coalition has a list of things we would like to see member nations accomplish. You can download



ISSF and PNA establish framework for cooperation to achieve mutual sustainability goals

Cite common views on necessary tuna conservation and management activities in Western and Central Pacific Ocean

    Contact:                Erin Grandstaff and Charlie Patterson, +1 202-449-8368 Erin@sqcomms.com, Charlie@sqcomms.com  Washington, D.C. – 5 May 2016 – The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) and the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a framework



Fewer Boats, More Fish

Fishing capacity is the amount of fish or fishing effort that can be produced over a period of time (i.e. one year or a full fishing season) by a vessel or a fleet if fully utilized. Proper capacity management seems like a simple enough concept: have fewer boats on the water so that pressure on tuna stocks relents to a more ideal level. If you could only explain it in one sentence, that might just be the best way to do it; however, like all issues associated to managing fisheries, we don’t have the luxury of simplicity, which is why I’m glad I have the opportunity to say more than a sentence about how we, as conservationists and scientists, can continue to move the needle to limit fishing capacity across all tuna fisheries to more sustainable planes.