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The Year in Tuna Fisheries Management; 2021 RFMO Outcomes


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Reviewing RFMO Outcomes in 2021 

At the start of the year, ISSF President Susan Jackson issued a call-to-action to the world’s tuna regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs): 

“RFMOs, tuna managers, scientists, and other stakeholders begin 2021 with almost one year of virtual information-sharing and decision-making experience under our belts. We can meet virtually without settling for minimum action — and stalling sustainability progress. In 2021, RFMOs must do better.” 

How did RFMOs answer this appeal — one shared by many global stakeholders? Here we present a roundup of ISSF responses to the year’s meetings, including a special session the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) held this month.

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
Pacific Ocean Fisheries Managers Take Important Steps on FAD Management, But Delay Needed Action on Harvest Strategies to 2022
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International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
ISSF Assesses ICCAT Annual Meeting: Extended Tropical Tuna Measure and Progress on Electronic Monitoring Among Positive Meeting Outcomes 
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Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)
Progress for Eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Fisheries: Protections, Monitoring for Tuna Stocks and Improved FAD Management 
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Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)
Minimal Progress for the Protection of Indian Ocean Tuna Stocks
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Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)
FAD Management for Indian Ocean Tuna Fisheries; ISSF Response to IOTC Session

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