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 sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and other marine species of conservation concern.
Our report ISSF 2018-01: ISSF Skippers’ Workshops Round 7 provides an update on the program, which is entering its eighth year. We also have published reports on our biodegradable FAD design workshops in Spain and Ghana.
Our infographic shows workshop participation by role through 2017. ISSF skippers workshops have received support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project, and the International Seafood Sustainability Association.
Upcoming & Recent Skippers Workshops
Many 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. 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)|
|July 16, 2018||Vigo, Spain|
|August 14, 2018||Manta, Ecuador|
|August 16, 2018||Panama City, Panama|
|August 20, 2018||San Diego, U.S.A.|
|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|