At the conclusion of the annual meeting of Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), ISSF is reflecting on the many positive outcomes for Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) tuna fisheries. We are pleased that managers made headway on important topics like harvest strategies and improved fish aggregating device (FAD) designs, in addition to other critical elements of sustainable fisheries management.
A new blog reviews results of the IATTC meeting against our organization’s priorities as outlined in our 2023 position statement.
Jelly-FAD: Biodegradable and non-entangling FADs in the Western Central Pacific Ocean region
A new video from the Pacific Community (SPC) explores trials of jelly-FADs in the Western Central Pacific Ocean, which are part of a three-year project of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), done in collaboration with ISSF. The project aims to construct and test in real fishing conditions, this new type of non-entangling and biodegradable FAD, called the jelly-FAD because it mirrors jelly fish, drifting naturally in the water column.
Op-ed: Pacific Ocean tuna fisheries and the New MSC fisheries standard
In the world’s largest tuna fishing grounds, an important initiative is underway to ensure fisheries can meet the newest requirements of the leading seafood sustainability certification standard – the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fisheries standard.
In an op-ed, Dr. Victor Restrepo, ISSF’s vice president for science and a member of the MSC Technical Advisory Board, reviews how embracing a new pathway to harvest strategies now is helping some fisheries retain MSC certification, while more work remains for many other stocks.
Benefits, concerns, and solutions of fishing for tunas with drifting fish aggregation devices
Two experts from ISSF — Senior Scientist Dr. Gala Moreno and Vice President, Science, Dr. Victor Restrepo — and scientific partners have co-authored a new research paper titled: “Benefits, concerns, and solutions of fishing for tunas with drifting fish aggregation devices” in the journal Fish and Fisheries.