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

Tuna Conservation Measures a “Win” This Year for Eastern Pacific Ocean Fisheries

Recap of IATTC 92nd Annual Meeting

In 2016, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) had to meet three times to adopt tuna conservation measures for a single year. So the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) came to the IATTC annual meeting last week uncertain that agreement on measures to conserve tropical tuna

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.