Excessive fishing capacity contributes substantially to overfishing, the degradation of marine fisheries resources, the decline of food production potential, and significant economic waste. Purse seine vessels take more than sixty percent of the world’s tuna catch. Despite the general consensus among scientists, RFMOs, and many governments that excess fishing capacity exists in most of the tuna purse-seine fisheries, the fishing capacity of these fleets continues to grow.
The 2010 Bellagio Framework for Sustainable Tuna Fisheries concluded that, in a fully exploited fishery, coastal states’ rights to expand their participation in a tuna fishery must be accommodated by mechanisms for reducing the participation of others.
ISSF will continue to sponsor regional and global workshops on fleet capacity management, including mechanisms for capacity transfers. In addition, ISSF has determined to assist international efforts to manage fishing capacity by tropical tuna purse seine fleets as follows:
||6.2(b) Record of Large-scale Purse Seine Vessels Special Arrangement – PNA
||ISSF recognizes the commitment of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) to the adoption of harvest control rules in the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), their leadership in gaining Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the free-school skipjack fishery, and the robust monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) measures that are in place to ensure compliance, such as 100% observer coverage and vessel monitoring systems (VMS). …More
||6.2(c) Investment in Purse Seine Vessels Subject to the PNA Special Arrangement
||Processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry that are investors in any new vessels that meet all of the conditions in ISSF Conservation Measure 6.2(b) above, and are therefore exempted from compliance with ISSF Conservation Measures 6.1 and 6.2(a) above, shall buy out and scrap existing capacity up to the percent of capacity of the new vessel that corresponds to their ownership interest in the new vessel, in accordance with paragraph 2(d) of ISSF Conservation Measure 6.2(a). …More