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



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



ISSF Releases Videos of Marine Scientists Talking Tuna, How they Entered the Conservation Field

Interviews from Marine Scientists: “Reel Insights” and “Getting My Feet Wet”

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation has released a series of new videos featuring on-staff scientists and members of its volunteer Scientific Advisory Committee, who work for and advise organizations like the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, the Pacific Community (SPC), AZTI, and the Marine Stewardship Council.  The videos, which are available on



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



All Journeys Start with a Single Step

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



It’s IMO Number Time

RFMO deadlines for acquiring a unique vessel identifier from the International Maritime Organization are imminent

Tuna RFMO International Maritime Organization (IMO) number reporting requirements are almost due. Four of the five RFMOs set the deadline of 1 January 2016 for member states to report comprehensive IMO data for vessels authorized to fish in the RFMO’s corresponding Convention Area. The exception



Is Catching Immature Fish Truly Unsustainable?

9 January 2014 Victor Restrepo serves as Chair of the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee. Christopher Zimmermann and Kristina Barz are with Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries. There is a widespread perception that catching immature, smaller fish is a very bad thing. Several consumer and retailer



Understanding the IUCN Redlist

Thursday, 7 July 2011 On July 7, 2011, a group of scientists published an article in Science magazine, reflecting the status of various tuna and billfish populations according to the criteria used by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The so-called “Red List”



Update from ICCAT

Progress on Management, but Impasse on Sharks and Other Topics

Progress on Management, but Impasse on Sharks and Other Topics



ICCAT Meeting 2015

Building the framework for the precautionary management approach

As the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) gets ready for their 24th Regular Meeting in St. Julian’s, Malta from November 10-17, ISSF is committed to helping the region continue progress on fisheries management. The strategy for doing so prioritizes, but is not limited to, urging further improvement in the collection of FAD data, expanding the use of human observers, electronic monitoring and reporting technologies, and advancing the development of Harvest Control Rules (HCRs) in order to increase sustainability in the region’s tuna fisheries.



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