ISSF Skippers Workshops enable tuna skippers, fishing masters, and captains to exchange knowledge with fisheries scientists and researchers about best practices in sustainable fishing.

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.

WORKSHOP FOCUS AREAS & PARTNERSHIPS

Best Practices for Sustainable Fishing

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.

Vessel & Tuna Company Partners

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:

  • F/V YOLANDA L (INFRIPESCA)
  • F/V VIA SIMOUN (NIRSA)
  • F/V TORRE GIULIA (INDUSTRIA ARMATORIALE CFTO)
  • F/V CAPE FINISTERRE (TRIMARINE)
  • ALBATUN TRES (ALBACORA)
  • F/V CAP LOPEZ (TTV)
  • F/V MILENA (NIRSA)
  • MAR DE SERGIO (ALBACORA)
  • F/V LJUBICA (PESQUERA MIRIAM)
  • INPESCA fleet (6 purse seiners), 2017 biodegradable FAD tests

Engaging with sustainability-focused seafood companies and vessels is central to ISSF’s collaborative model.

SKIPPERS WORKSHOP RESOURCES

Vessel Lists

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.

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