Tuna RFMOs in 2018

The good, the bad and where we go from here

Posted by Holly Koehler  Science-based approaches to sustainable tuna are only effective if they are implemented. That’s why ISSF advocates to tuna RFMOs and their member nations – both directly and through the efforts of ISSF participants and stakeholders – for policies and approaches that

Managers Fail to Act to End Overfishing or Rebuild Bigeye and Yellowfin Stocks

Stronger Protections for Tropical Tunas in Atlantic Fisheries Will Wait Until 2019

By Dr. Victor Restrepo and Holly Koehler When I set off for Croatia for the recent annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), I was hopeful that fisheries managers in the Atlantic Ocean region would act decisively to improve the sustainability

ISSF to ICCAT: Rebuild Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna Stocks; Improve FAD Data Reporting; and Strengthen Monitoring, Control and Surveillance

Top “Asks” for Sustainable Atlantic Tuna Fisheries Released

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its position statement in advance of the 21st Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 12-19 November 2018. “The 2018 assessment of bigeye tuna shows that the stock

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

For Sustainable Fisheries, ICCAT Must Close Implementation Gaps in Tuna Conservation, FAD Management and Observer Coverage

A Preview of Priorities for Atlantic Ocean Tuna Fisheries

Last year, ISSF welcomed progress by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) on many fronts: maintaining the total allowable catch (TAC) for yellowfin and albacore tuna; advancing the development of harvest strategies; adopting stronger FAD management measures; and endorsing e-monitoring standards

Organizations Worldwide Join Together in Advocating for Policy Changes in Tuna Fisheries in 2017

Tuna companies, NGOs, fleet associations, and retailers co-sign letter that presses fisheries management bodies for progress on harvest strategies as well as monitoring, control and surveillance tools

A diverse, global group of commercial and non-profit organizations is joining the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s call for immediate Regional Fishing Management Organization (RFMO) action on top priorities for sustainable tuna fisheries — developing harvest strategies as well as strengthening monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS)

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

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ICCAT 2016: Implementing Harvest Strategies in Tuna Fisheries via Management Strategy Evaluations

In recent years in the fisheries and sustainability communities, we’ve been working on the need to adopt harvest strategies (a.k.a. management procedures) or harvest control rules (HCRs) through the implementation of Management Strategy Evaluations (MSE) at tuna RFMOs. Most RFMOs have started processes to promote dialogue