Eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Fisheries
Wins for Transshipment, Harvest Strategies and Compliance Reforms, but Misses on Measures for Stronger FAD Management, Increased Observer Coverage, and Protections for Sharks
At the conclusion of the annual meeting of Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is reflecting on the outcomes for Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) tuna fisheries. While we are disappointed that the Commission did not address our top ask on improved fish aggregating device (FAD) designs, we are pleased that managers made headway on important topics like at-sea transshipment measures, harvest strategies, and compliance reforms.
Here is a review of the results of the IATTC meeting against our organization’s priorities as outlined in our 2022 position statement.
Slight Decrease in Purse Seine Vessels Overall, and Fewer Large Scale Purse Seine Vessels Fishing for Tropical Tuna Species Globally
ISSF has updated its Large-Scale Tuna Purse Seine Fishing Fleets report for July 2022. The total number of purse seine vessels, calculated based on data from the five tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), has decreased slightly from 1,855 in 2021’s report to 1,808 today.