ISSF Skippers Workshops bring tuna fishers together with marine scientists for participatory sessions — at key fishing ports worldwide — to share ideas and information on best practices to reduce bycatch.
Skippers workshops are an important component of ISSF’s mission. Held throughout the year at major ports in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, ISSF workshops have welcomed crew members from vessels fishing under more than 25 national flags.
In 2018, we conducted three workshops in South America, one in North America, one in Asia, three in Europe, six in Oceania, and two in Africa. We visited Prigi and Pekalongan in Indonesia; Dakar, Senegal; and Yaizu, Japan, for the first time.
Fishers’ workshop attendance helps tuna vessels — and the companies that purchase, process, trade, or market their tuna — to better meet certain sustainability goals and international market standards. Skippers workshop attendance also meets the requirement for ISSF conservation measure 3.4.
Workshops Open to Fishers & Other Stakeholders
Since 2009, we have hosted 90 workshops attracting more than 3,600 purse seine skippers, crew, ship-owners, fleet managers, and cannery managers as well as scientists and government officials. We also have hosted seabird and sea turtle workshops for longline skippers. Dr. Jefferson Murua of AZTI Tecnalia leads the workshop program.
Fishers attending our workshops recognize the short- and long-term importance of maintaining tuna stocks at healthy levels. They also have committed to help reduce fishing’s environmental impacts — including by learning release techniques for sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and other marine species of conservation concern. To complement our in-person workshops, ISSF offers a guidebooks site, workshop videos, and other skippers resources.
Recent workshops have focused on marine litter reduction from FAD fishing, including FAD retrieval. Our report ISSF 2019-01: ISSF Skippers’ Workshops Round 8 provides an update on the program’s results last year. We also have reports on our biodegradable FAD design workshops in Spain and Ghana.
Our infographic shows workshop participation by participant role through 2018. ISSF skippers workshops have received support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project, and the International Seafood Sustainability Association.
Many skippers, other crew, ship owners, fleet managers, fleet representatives, officials, and scientists have attended our workshops to date.
|April 9, 2019||Manta, Ecuador|
|Feb. 26-27, 2018||Accra, Ghana (biodegradable FADs)||77 participants|
|April 11, 2018||Majuro, Marshall Islands||27 participants|
|May 7, 2018||Bitung (Sulawesi), Indonesia||51 participants|
|May 9, 2018||Prigi (Java), Indonesia||31 participants|
|May 11, 2018||Pekalongan (Java), Indonesia||45 participants|
|June 11, 2018||Dakar, Senegal (biodegradable FADs)||18 participants|
|July 16, 2018||Vigo, Spain||89 participants|
|August 14, 2018||Manta, Ecuador||135 participants|
|August 16, 2018||Panama City, Panama||12 participants|
|August 20, 2018||San Diego, U.S.A.||15 participants|
|August 28-31, 2018||Yaizu, Japan||29 participants|
|October 1, 2018||Lima, Peru||54 participants|
|October 15, 2018||Concarneau, France||24 participants|
|November 15-22, 2018||Sukarrieta, Spain||75 participants|
|Jan. 10-11, 2017||Manta, Ecuador||117 participants|
|Feb. 21, 2017||Tema, Ghana||56 participants|
|Mar. 27, 2017||San Diego, U.S.A.||19 participants|
|April 3, 2017||Majuro, Marshall Islands||11 participants|
|April 3-11, 2017||Sulawesi & Molucca Islands, Indonesia||136 participants|
|April 6, 2017||Pohnpei, Micronesia||19 participants|
|Aug. 1, 2017||Zhoushan, China||24 participants|
|Aug. 10, 2017||Vigo, Spain||92 participants|
|Sept. 4-19, 2017||Sibolga, Lampulo, & Jakarta, Indonesia||105 participants|
|Sept. 29, 2017||Lima, Peru||38 participants|
|Oct. 4, 2017||Manta, Ecuador||72 participants|
|Oct. 9, 2017||Concarneau, France||38 participants|
|Oct. 16-20, 2017||Sukarrieta, Spain||51 participants|