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 Wants Concrete Progress on Harvest Strategies in the Indian Ocean

Position statement outlines top ISSF “asks” for Indian Ocean Tuna Commission

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) published its position statement in advance of the 22nd Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) in Bangkok, Thailand, May 21-25. One of ISSF’s highest priority items for IOTC is to advance the region’s management strategy evaluations (MSE)

Progress on Harvest Strategies at IOTC 22 Essential to Better Management of Indian Ocean Tuna

On the eve of the 2018 annual Indian Ocean Tuna Commission meeting, ISSF, WWF and IPNLF highlight the urgent need to further develop harvest strategies for key tuna stocks in the Indian Ocean.

The development and adoption of harvest strategies has been central to ISSF, WWF and IPNLF tuna engagement for the better part of the past decade. Recently, a letter signed by 118 fishing companies, fisheries associations, and civil society organisations was sent to the Indian Ocean

Forums to Build Support for Indonesia’s Tuna Fisheries

Two conservation-focused organizations collaborate for outreach to the tuna industry in Bitung and Jakarta, Indonesia

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation will hold Tuna Processor Forums in Bitung, Indonesia (23 October) and Jakarta, Indonesia (24 October) with support from the Walton Family Foundation. The goals of the events are to build management support for Indonesia’s tuna fisheries and equip local companies

Progress and Missteps for Indian Ocean Tuna Fisheries

Tuna Management Organization Meeting Yields New, Improved Measures on Harvest Strategies, to Combat IUU, and to Protect Sharks

As the dust settles on the annual meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), it’s time to reflect on this year’s progress and missteps.  Progress: IUU, Sharks, and Harvest Strategies We are delighted that, following two years of work, the IOTC Commission adopted amendments

No Effective Management in Indian Ocean Tuna Fisheries without Monitoring, Control and Surveillance

On the eve of the annual IOTC meeting, to maintain momentum gained on harvest strategies, a call to action on MCS measures is issued

Monitoring, Control and Surveillance, or MCS, underlies effective fisheries management. The often-quoted paper Recommended Best Practices for RFMOs makes it plain: “Compliance with, and effective enforcement of, agreed conservation and management measures, supported by adequate MCS, are crucial to implementation [of management measures]”. MCS provides

Implementation of Stronger Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Is Top ISSF “Ask” for Sustainable Indian Ocean Tuna Fisheries

ISSF Lists Priorities for Upcoming Annual Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Meeting

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its position statement in advance of the 21st Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, May 22-26. ISSF’s highest priority item is for IOTC to improve its implementation of monitoring, control and surveillance

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)

The Majority of the Tuna Catch Comes from Abundant Stocks, But Overfishing of Some Stocks Continues

ISSF scientific report provides update on “status of the stocks”

The global commercial catch of tuna — a valuable, natural protein food source — reached 5 million tons in 2014, an increase from 4.6 million in 2013, according to the ISSF Tuna Stock Status Update – 2016 (Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna) report

IOTC 20 Recap

IOTC Takes Important Steps for Skipjack Tuna, Falls Short on Yellowfin

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) met 23-27 May 2016 in La Reunion, France. ISSF Strategic Policy Advisor Claire van der Geest leads ISSF’s policy engagement in the IOTC and Wetjens Dimmlich is the Indian Ocean Tuna Programme Manager at World Wide Fund for Nature