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 2017, we conducted three workshops in South America, one in North America, eight in Asia, three in Europe, two in Oceania, and one in Africa — including in some locations 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, our workshops have attracted more than 3,000 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 sharkssea turtles, manta rays, and other marine species of conservation concern.

To complement our in-person workshops, ISSF offers a guidebooks siteworkshop videos, and other skippers resources.

Our report ISSF 2018-01: ISSF Skippers’ Workshops Round 7 provides an update on the program, which is entering its eighth year. And our infographic shows workshop participation by role through 2017.

ISSF skippers workshops have received support from the Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationCommon Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project, and the International Seafood Sustainability Association.


Upcoming & Recent Skippers Workshops

Several thousand skippers, other crew, ship owners, fleet managers, fleet representatives, officials, and scientists have attended our workshops to date. Here are workshops for this year and 2017.

Feb. 27, 2018 Accra, Ghana 
April 11, 2018 Majuro, Marshall Islands 
April 18, 2018 Pohnpei 
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