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



2018 Tuna Conference Highlights New Scientific Research

Now in its 69th year, The Tuna Conference in Lake Arrowhead, California, brings together scientists, students, and others concerned with tunas, billfishes and sharks. Since 2011, ISSF has provided support for the event, including travel awards for marine-science students presenting their research. The theme of



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



Taking the Long View of World Tuna Day

World Tuna Day (May 2) celebrates tuna as an essential resource in economic development, employment, nutrition, food security, and more. World Tuna Day was established in 2011 by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) and was later recognized as an international event by the United



How Can Tropical Tuna Purse-Seine Fisheries Become MSC Certified?

ISSF report lists FAD data reporting and non-entangling FADs among best practices for tuna purse seine fisheries engaged in Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) seeking MSC certification

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has published a comprehensive report of recommendations, with an emphasis on fish aggregating device (FAD) usage, for purse-seine fisheries pursuing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. ISSF 2018-05: Recommended Best Practices for Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries in Transition to



ISSF Releases Interactive “Status of the Stocks Tool”

Dashboard allows users to visualize and export data on tuna-stock health and catch worldwide

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has developed a new data-visualization tool based on its long-running and widely followed Status of the Stocks report. The “Status of the Stocks Tool” is located on the ISSF website and accessible through the Status of the Stocks overview



ISSF Report Shows Management of Many Tuna Stocks Not Meeting Criteria for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Sustainability Standards

Some stocks fail to meet minimum standard due to lack of well-defined harvest control rules

Only six out of 19 major commercial tuna stocks are being managed to avoid overfishing and restore depleted fish populations because the majority of the stocks are not protected by well-defined harvest control rules (HCRs) from Regional Fishing Management Organizations (RFMOs), according to independent scientists in a report published by the International



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



Updated ISSF Status of the Stocks Report Shows Tuna Stock Abundance and Fishing Mortality Improvements

ISSF releases updated Status of the Stocks report; latest data shows 78% of global tuna catch from stocks at “healthy” levels

Of the total tuna catch, 78% comes from stocks at “healthy” levels, an increase of 2% since last reported, according to a November 2017 International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. Eleven percent of the global catch comes from overfished stocks, and another 11% of