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 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



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



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



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



Observers and Vessel Monitoring Systems – Essential Programs for Successful Tuna Fisheries Management

As the Commission’s annual meeting in Genoa, Italy commences, our organizations – Monterey Bay Aquarium, WWF and ISSF – join together in urging ICCAT to adopt amendments to strengthen its VMS provisions as well as to join other tuna RFMOs and require 100 percent observer coverage for purse seine vessels.