These “snapshots” identify best practices for sustainable tuna fishing. In detailed tables, they also compare tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO) progress in implementing them.

Read our companion “best-practices” technical reports on these topics.

ImageTitleDateAuthor(s)LanguageRFMO(s)Tag(s)CategoryCompanyReport TypeActivity Year
ImageTitleDateAuthor(s)LanguageRFMO(s)Tag(s)CategoryCompanyReport TypeActivity Year
2018 ICCAT Declaración de Posición | 2018 ICCAT Position Statement (Spanish) October 15, 2018 N/A Spanish ICCAT Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Capacity Management, Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, ICCAT, RFMOs, Sharks, Tuna Position Statements, Translated N/A Final October 15, 2018
2018 ICCAT Déclaration de Position | 2018 ICCAT Position Statement (French) October 15, 2018 N/A French ICCAT Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Capacity Management, Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, ICCAT, RFMOs, Sharks, Tuna Position Statements, Translated N/A Final October 15, 2018
2018 ICCAT Position Statement October 15, 2018 N/A English ICCAT Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Capacity Management, Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, ICCAT, RFMOs, Sharks, Tuna Position Statements N/A Final October 15, 2018
2018 WCPFC Position Statement October 31, 2018 N/A English WCPFC Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Capacity Management, Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, MCS, RFMOs, Sharks, Tuna, WCPFC Position Statements N/A Final October 31, 2018
2019 CIAT Declaración de Posición | 2019 IATTC Position Statement (Spanish) June 10, 2019 N/A Spanish IATTC Advocacy, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Capacity Management, Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, IATTC, RFMOs, Sharks, Tuna Position Statements N/A Final June 10, 2019
2019 IATTC Position Statement June 4, 2019 N/A English IATTC Advocacy, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Capacity Management, Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, IATTC, RFMOs, Sharks, Tuna Position Statements N/A Final June 4, 2019
ISSF 2011-06: Managing Fishing Capacity in International Fisheries. Approaches and Practices in RFMOs. Aug 2011 August 15, 2011 Palma English N/A Capacity Management, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report August 15, 2011
ISSF 2012-11: Confidentiality Rules Regarding Detailed Fishing Operations September 12, 2012 Matthews English N/A FADs, RFMOs Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report September 12, 2012
ISSF 2012-12: Harmonisation of Purse-Seine Data Collected by Tuna RFMO Observer Programmes October 19, 2012 ISSF English N/A Bycatch, Observer Programs, RFMOs, Stock Status Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report October 19, 2012
ISSF 2013-03: Report of the 2013 Stock Assessment Workshop. Harvest Control Rules and Reference Points for Tuna RFMOs March 8, 2013 ISSF English N/A CCSBT, Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Status, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report March 8, 2013
ISSF 2013-09: Sustainable Fishery Agreements: Strategies for Enforcement & Compliance. Maui Conferences, Jan 2013 January 25, 2013 ISSF English N/A Capacity Management, Compliance, RFMOs Meeting Reports, Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report January 25, 2013
ISSF 2015-06: Report of the 2015 Stock Assessment Workshop. Characterizing Uncertainty in Stock Assessment March 29, 2015 ISSF English N/A CCSBT, Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Status, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report March 29, 2015
ISSF 2015-08: Harmonization of Longline Bycatch Data in Tuna RFMOs February 26, 2015 ISSF English N/A Bycatch, Longline, RFMOs, Tuna Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report February 26, 2015
ISSF 2016-15: A Comparative Study of Annual Tuna Catches from Two Different Sources: FAO Global Capture Database vs. Tuna RFMOs Statistical Databases (2000-2014) October 6, 2016 Garibaldi, Hampton, Justel-Rubio, Maunder, Restrepo English N/A Restrepo, RFMOs, Tuna Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report October 6, 2016
ISSF 2016-19: An Evaluation of the Sustainability of Global Tuna Stocks Relative to Marine Stewardship Council Criteria* January 23, 2017 Medley, Powers English N/A Albacore Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, MSC Certification, RFMOs, science, Skipjack, Stock Status, Tuna, WCPFC, Yellowfin Tuna Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report January 23, 2017
ISSF 2017-08: Management of Tuna Stocks and Fisheries. Nov. 2017* November 22, 2017 ISSF English N/A RFMOs, science, Stock Status, Tuna Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report November 22, 2017
ISSF 2018-09: Survey of the Treatment of Support/Supply/Tender Vessels in Tuna RFMOs* April 18, 2018 Koehler, Moreno English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, FADs, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, Moreno, Purse Seine, RFMOs, Supply Vessel, Tuna, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report April 18, 2018
ISSF 2018-10: RFMO Vessel Monitoring Systems: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* April 23, 2018 Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report April 23, 2018
ISSF 2018-12: Survey of Human Observer Programs for Purse Seine Vessels and a Set of Best Practices* April 25, 2018 Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, Observer Coverage, Observer Programs, Purse Seine, RFMOs, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report April 25, 2018
ISSF 2018-15: 2018 ISSF Stock Assessment Workshop: Review of Current t-RFMO Practice in Stock Status Determinations April 26, 2018 ISSF English N/A CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Assessment, Stock Status, Tuna, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report April 26, 2018
ISSF 2018-16: A Pre-Assessment of the Sustainability of Global Tuna Fisheries Relative to Marine Stewardship Council Criteria: Principle 2 May 22, 2018 Bostrom, Guadian, Medley, Southall, Zollett English N/A Harvest Strategies, MSC Certification, RFMOs, Stock Assessment, Tuna Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report May 22, 2018
ISSF 2018-16: MSC Principle 2 Pre-assessment Report Materials May 21, 2018 ISSF English N/A Harvest Strategies, MSC Certification, RFMOs, Stock Assessment, Tuna Technical and Meeting Reports N/A Technical Report May 21, 2018
ISSF 2018-18: Reporting and Transparency of Catch and/or Effort Quotas in Tuna RFMOS: A Survey Paper July 12, 2018 Holly Koehler, Restrepo English N/A CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, Restrepo, RFMOs, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report July 12, 2018
ISSF 2019-02: An Evaluation of the Sustainability of Global Tuna Stocks Relative to Marine Stewardship Council Criteria* January 9, 2019 Akroyd, Gascoigne, Medley English N/A Albacore Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Harvest Strategies, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, MSC Certification, RFMOs, science, Skipjack, Stock Status, Tuna, WCPFC, Yellowfin Tuna Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report January 9, 2019
ISSF 2019-03: Transshipment: Strengthening Tuna RFMO Transshipment Regulations* January 15, 2019 van der Geest English N/A CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, MCS, RFMOs, Transshipment, van der Geest, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report January 15, 2019
ISSF 2019-04: Combatting IUU Fishing: Continual Improvement and Best Practices for IUU Listing Measures in Tuna RFMOs* January 15, 2019 van der Geest English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, RFMOs, van der Geest, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report January 15, 2019
ISSF 2019-05: Tuna RFMO Authorised Vessel Lists: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* January 15, 2019 van der Geest English N/A Best Practices, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, MCS, RFMOs, van der Geest, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report January 15, 2019
ISSF 2019-06: RFMO Vessel Monitoring Systems: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* January 15, 2019 Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report January 15, 2019
ISSF 2019-07: Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna. March 2019* March 19, 2019 ISSF English N/A CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, science, Sticky, Stock Status, Tuna, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report March 19, 2019
ISSF 2019-09: A Snapshot of the Large-Scale Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fishing Fleets as of June 2019* July 3, 2019 Justel-Rubio, Recio English N/A Capacity Management, Justel-Rubio, Purse Seine, Recio, RFMOs, Tuna Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report July 3, 2019
ISSF 2019-10: Tuna RFMO Compliance Assessment Processes: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* July 5, 2019 Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, RFMOs, WCPFC Technical and Meeting Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report July 5, 2019
Joint Letter to IATTC (July 16, 2014): Transparency July 16, 2014 N/A English IATTC Advocacy, IATTC, RFMOs Joint Advocacy, Joint Letters N/A Final July 16, 2014
Joint Letter to ICCAT (March 13, 2014): Transparency March 13, 2014 N/A English ICCAT Advocacy, ICCAT, RFMOs Filings, Joint Advocacy, Joint Letters N/A Final March 13, 2014
Joint Letter to WCPFC (Nov. 6, 2013): Transparency November 6, 2013 N/A English WCPFC Advocacy, Observer Programs, RFMOs, WCPFC Joint Advocacy, Joint Letters N/A Final November 6, 2013
Non-Entangling FADs: Skipper Acceptance Levels & RFMO Proposals February 12, 2019 N/A English N/A FADs, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, Skippers Workshops, Strategic Plan Infographics, Strategic Plan N/A Final February 12, 2019
RFMO Best Practice Performance January 18, 2019 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, FADs, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, Observer Coverage, RFMOs, Supply Vessel, Transshipment, Vessel Lists, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Final January 18, 2019
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2018: Authorised Vessel Lists April 13, 2018 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A N/A April 13, 2018
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2018: Observer Requirements April 13, 2018 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Observer Coverage, Observer Programs, RFMOs, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A N/A April 13, 2018
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2018: Treatment of Supply & Tender Vessels by RFMO April 16, 2018 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Supply Vessel, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A N/A April 16, 2018
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2019: Compliance Processes July 5, 2019 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Final July 5, 2019
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2019: IUU Vessel Listing January 17, 2019 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Final January 17, 2019
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2019: Transshipment Regulation January 17, 2019 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Transshipment, Tuna, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Final January 17, 2019
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2019: Vessel Monitoring Systems January 17, 2019 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Final January 17, 2019
RFMO Performance (MSC Principle 3 Averages) January 24, 2019 N/A English N/A MSC Certification, RFMOs Infographics N/A Final January 24, 2019
RFMO Support Conservation Measure Category November 10, 2016 N/A English N/A Conservation Measures, RFMOs Conservation Measures, Infographics N/A N/A November 10, 2016