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



Yellowfin and Bigeye Catch Limit, FAD Data Improvements, and Increased Observer Coverage Top Conservation Group’s “Asks” for Sustainable Atlantic Tuna Fisheries

ISSF lists priorities for upcoming International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Meeting

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its position statement in advance of the 25th Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Marrakech, Morocco, on 14-22 November 2017. “ICCAT made substantial headway last year by agreeing to



2016 Year in Review – What Difference Did a Year Make?

A look at the year’s tuna management hits and misses, including at the recent WCPFC annual meeting

Every December, the ISSF team takes stock of the year’s achievements in the tuna RFMOs. We also set our sights on new goals and identify areas where stronger collaboration can ensure progress on priorities that need extra attention. Harvest Strategies Harvest strategies, which include harvest



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



Improving Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Tools in Indian Ocean Tuna Fisheries

A recent electronic monitoring system pilot in Seychelles is a first in the Indian Ocean region, which accounts for some 20% of the world’s tuna production

Miguel Herrera is Deputy Manager of OPAGAC (Organización de Productores Asociados de Grandes Atuneros Congeladores), an association of eight tuna purse seine fishing companies and forty large-scale tuna purse seiners that operate worldwide. Prior to OPAGAC, Miguel headed the Spanish Fisheries Office and spent over



Time for Action at the WCPFC Technical & Compliance Committee Meeting

The Committee has an important role to play in advancing priority issues at the WCPFC – from harvest strategies to longline observer coverage to assessing member compliance with WCPFC obligations

Claire van der Geest is Strategic Policy Advisor for ISSF, and Bubba Cook is the Western and Central Pacific Ocean Tuna Programme Manager at World Wide Fund for Nature. It’s Technical and Compliance Committee (TCC) time again in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO),



ISSF and Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna Establish Framework for Collaboration to Promote Mutual Sustainability Goals

Recognize common views on tuna conservation and management activities in Eastern Pacific Ocean

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) and the Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a framework for mutual cooperation on conservation and sustainability goals. The MOU creates a mechanism for working closely together



Improved Monitoring in the World’s Largest Tuna Fishing Ground

The whys and hows of testing EMS on longline tuna vessels in the WCPO

You can’t fix what you can’t track. That’s why monitoring is the backbone of developing sustainable tuna fisheries and, ultimately, healthy oceans. From catch composition and bycatch statistics to monitoring compliance of vessels with national or international management measures — observing, measuring, assessing and reporting