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

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

Strengthened FAD Management, Improved MCS and Harvest Strategies Top Conservation Group’s “Asks” for Sustainable Eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Fisheries

ISSF lists priorities for upcoming annual Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission meeting

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) released its position statement in advance of the 93rd Meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in San Diego, CA, USA, from August 24-30, 2018. As top priorities, ISSF urges IATTC to: Develop harvest strategies for all key

Yellowfin, Bigeye Tuna Conservation Measures and Harvest Strategies Top Conservation Group’s “Asks” for Sustainable Eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Fisheries

ISSF lists priorities for upcoming annual Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) released its position statement in advance of the 92nd Meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in Mexico City, Mexico, from July 24-28, 2017. As top priorities, ISSF urges IATTC to: Adopt effective and enforceable tuna conservation measures

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

ISSF Announces New and Amended Conservation Measures on Shark and Turtle Protections, Supply and Tender Vessel Monitoring, and Transshipment

Tuna Fisheries Conservation Group Expands Measures for Global Seafood Companies to Reduce Bycatch; Augment Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Efforts; and More

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) announced today the adoption of three new and two amended conservation measures to facilitate continuous improvement across global tuna fisheries. These five measures cover reducing incidental capture of sharks and marine turtles, supply and tender vessel monitoring, transshipment observers,

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

High Expectations for IATTC90

ISSF and WWF set priorities for the upcoming IATTC meeting

Holly Koehler is the Vice President for Policy and Outreach for the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, and Pablo Guerrero is the eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Coordinator for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Smart Fishing Initiative. Beginning June 27, 2016, delegates from around the world will