To determine the best ways to avoid bycatch and minimize tuna fishing’s impacts on the marine ecosystem, fishers’ empirical knowledge is as valuable as marine scientists’ knowledge.
In our collaborative workshops, vessel crew can provide direct feedback on scientists’ bycatch-reduction recommendations. Fishers also can offer their own mitigation insights and techniques, including sharing their prototypes for shark and manta-ray release ramps and non-entangling biodegradable FADs.
Our ISSF Skippers Workshops Round 9 report documents fisher ideas and feedback from our most recent workshops.
ISSF’s skippers workshops have focused on sharing information to meet these goals for more sustainable tuna fishing:
Workshops also can be customized for specific fleet needs.
ISSF reports have explored the benefits of fisher-scientist interactions at workshops and onboard purse seines. These tuna vessels and organizations, for example, partnered with ISSF on at-sea bycatch-reduction research projects in 2011-2017:
Engaging with sustainability-focused seafood companies and vessels is central to ISSF’s collaborative model.
ISSF has created four searchable vessel lists to help improve transparency and traceability in the seafood industry:
Learn about the value of these tools for vessel owners, seafood companies, and fisheries managers.