ISSF Position Statements Outline Priorities for Three Tuna RFMOs as They Prepare for Online Annual Meetings

Despite COVID-19 Challenges, ICCAT, IATTC and WCPFC Must Take Action to Ensure Continued Management of Tuna Stocks and Ocean Ecosystems

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has published its position statements in advance of three regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) meetings this fall: the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Annual Meeting, which is being conducted by correspondence; the Inter-American Tropical Tuna…

ISSF Position Statement Outlines Top Asks for Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, Including More Robust Rebuilding Plan for Yellowfin Tuna

Despite COVID-19 Challenges, Indian Ocean Region Must Ensure Sustainable Management of Tuna Stocks and Marine Ecosystems

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) published its position statement in advance of the 24th Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), which will take place virtually November 2-6.   The impacts of COVID-19 have challenged regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) in conducting their meetings…

The Year in Tuna Sustainability: Some Celebrations, Some Disappointments

Many Points on the Horizon Are Looking Much Brighter, But Regulators, Industry Remain Adrift in Challenging Seas.

One of the biggest fish in Silicon Valley, Elon Musk, stirs up turbulence with just about everything he says. But, as I reviewed 2019’s record of progress in tuna sustainability, one of his comments came back to me, calm and clear. “I’m learning patience,” he…

ISSF Announces New Conservation Measure to Bolster Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) Management across Global Tuna Fisheries

Nearly 30 Seafood Companies to Commit to Purchase Only from Vessels Following Best Practices for FAD Management

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) today announced the adoption of a new conservation measure requiring that fishing vessels have publicly available fish aggregation device (FAD) management policies to comply with ISSF supply-chain recommendations for marine ecosystem health. These policies must be in line with…

ISSF Releases New Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide for Fishers, RFMOs, Governments and Vessel Owners

Updated Best-Practices Illustrated Manual Offers Practical, Science-based Guidance on Building Biodegradable FADs

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has published a best-practices guide — based on years of ISSF scientific research and fleet collaboration worldwide, including at skippers workshops — to help tuna fishers accelerate their use of fish aggregating device (FAD) designs with the least possible…

Improved Monitoring, Reduced Fishing Pressure and Strengthened FAD Management Needed for Sustainable Eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Fisheries

ISSF Lists Priorities for Upcoming Annual Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Meeting

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) released its position statement in for the 94th Meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in Bilbao, Spain, from July 22-26, 2019. “The Commission took some important steps last year, including the adoption of a technical definition for…

What’s Fair Game on the High Seas?

Sonar Innovation Could Single Out Sustainable Tuna Species from Afar

Sustainability-driven new research could one day help tuna fisheries cast their nets more selectively, mitigating unintentional “bycatch” of undersized fish and off-limits species. The key development is an innovative application of electronic fish-finders like those commonly used by commercial tuna fleets. A multinational research team…