ISSF has issued its position statement for consideration by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) ahead of its 20th regular session from December 4-8, 2023 in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The statement leads with a call for improved compliance processes.
“Regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) need strong and transparent compliance processes in order to meet their objectives, strengthen their performance, and be accountable to their many and diverse stakeholders,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson. “Yet the WCPFC is the only tuna RFMO with a compliance assessment process that is closed to accredited observers. That’s why our position statement leads with a call for the Commission to develop guidelines for the observer participation in compliance assessment processes.”
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.
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RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2023: Compliance Processes
Our “snapshots” identify best practices that RFMOs should follow to manage tuna fisheries sustainably. This snapshot identifies best practices in compliance processes, and then shows each RFMO’s progress in implementing those practices.
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