We offer Skippers Workshops for purse seine vessels of all sizes, and also have hosted sessions for longline fleets on seabirds and sea turtle bycatch mitigation.

ISSF Skippers Workshops are free of charge and offered at convenient tuna port locations for:

Workshop attendance fulfills the requirement for ISSF conservation measure 3.4. Contact Dr. Jefferson Murua at jmurua@azti.es with workshop questions.

Customized and Special Topic Workshops

ISSF scientist-consultant Dr. Murua conducts many of the workshops. Other collaborating expert scientists for each ocean region — Dr. Gala Moreno (Atlantic and Eastern Pacific), Dr. Laurent Dagorn (Indian), Dr. Martin Hall (Eastern Pacific), and David Itano (Western and Central Pacific) — are involved.

Some nations’ fleets tend to have smaller vessels — without certain technology or equipment on board — and bycatch-mitigation techniques need to be adapted for their fisheries.

Workshops can be customized based on a fleet’s fishing concerns, vessel location, vessel size, or bycatch species interactions. As one example, read about our sea turtle work with Costa Rican longline fishers.

ISSF also invites fishers to workshops to address specific, urgent issues in the three oceans. Our biodegradable FAD workshops, which have been held in Spain and Ghana, are another example: Fishers and scientists proposed bFAD designs that may be able to reduce the amount of plastic and non-natural materials used in FADs. Workshop participants also have discussed how to reduce FAD marine litter.

Our report on 2018 workshops covers fishers’ bycatch-mitigation acceptance levels, ideas for mitigation improvements, and other topics.

Train-the-Trainer Programs

To reach more fishers in the world’s most active tuna-fishing regions, we have offered “train-the-trainer” programs over the past three years.

In Indonesia, for example, ISSF has partnered with local fisheries scientists from the Center for Fisheries Research and Development (CFRD) to host workshops for area fishers scattered across the numerous ports of the archipelago — in person, and in native languages. Read more about these programs in our report on 2018 workshops.

Skippers Workshops

Several thousand skippers, other crew, ship owners, fleet managers, fleet representatives, officials, and scientists have attended our workshops to date.

April 9, 2019Manta, Ecuador64 participants
May 3, 2019Jakarta, Indonesia30 participants
May 6, 2019Sibolga, Indonesia31 participants
June 10, 2019Mazatlan, Mexico20 participants
June 26-27, 2019General Santos, Philippines (incl. biodegradable FADs workshop)32 participants
July 1-2, 2019Majuro, Marshall Islands8 participants
Feb. 26-27, 2018Accra, Ghana (biodegradable FADs)77 participants
April 11, 2018Majuro, Marshall Islands 27 participants
May 7, 2018Bitung (Sulawesi), Indonesia51 participants
May 9, 2018Prigi (Java), Indonesia31 participants
May 11, 2018Pekalongan (Java), Indonesia45 participants
June 11, 2018Dakar, Senegal (biodegradable FADs)18 participants
July 16, 2018Vigo, Spain89 participants
August 14, 2018Manta, Ecuador135 participants
August 16, 2018Panama City, Panama12 participants
August 20, 2018San Diego, U.S.A.15 participants
August 28-31, 2018Yaizu, Japan29 participants
October 1, 2018Lima, Peru54 participants
October 15, 2018Concarneau, France24 participants
November 15-22, 2018Sukarrieta, Spain75 participants
Jan. 10-11, 2017Manta, Ecuador117 participants
Feb. 21, 2017Tema, Ghana56 participants
March 27, 2017San Diego, U.S.A.19 participants
April 3, 2017Majuro, Marshall Islands11 participants
April 3-11, 2017Sulawesi & Molucca Islands, Indonesia136 participants
April 6, 2017Pohnpei, Micronesia19 participants
Aug. 1, 2017Zhoushan, China24 participants
Aug. 10, 2017Vigo, Spain92 participants
Sept. 4-19, 2017Sibolga, Lampulo, & Jakarta, Indonesia105 participants
Sept. 29, 2017Lima, Peru38 participants
Oct. 4, 2017Manta, Ecuador72 participants
Oct. 9, 2017Concarneau, France38 participants
Oct. 16-20, 2017Sukarrieta, Spain51 participants