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ISSF 2022-04: Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna. March 2022*

Date Added: March 15, 2022
Authors: ISSF
Downloaded: 637 times
RMFOs: CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC
Tags: Albacore Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Bluefin Tuna Species, CCSBT, Harvest Strategies, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, science, Skipjack, Sticky, Stock Assessment, Stock Status, Tuna, WCPFC, Yellowfin Tuna
Language: English
Featured: True
Report Type: Technical Report

Description

ISSF 2022-04: Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna. March 2022 summarizes and rates the status and management of 23 major commercial tuna stocks, based on the most recent scientific assessments as well as management measures adopted by the RFMOs.

Known as ISSF’s “Status of the Stocks” report, it uses a consistent methodology focused on three factors: Abundance, Exploitation/Management, and Environmental Impact (bycatch). It does not replace the more detailed information available directly from the RFMOs. But it does serve as a single source in which uniform information is presented. It is reviewed by the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee, which provides advice on its content.

Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna features charts, graphs, and individual stock assessments, which are organized by ocean or by ocean region. The Management section in all stocks is organized into two sections: Harvest Strategy (divided in the different elements of a HS) and Management measures.

The report also includes a list of Marine Stewardship Council-certified tuna fisheries (p. 119-121).

See our related infographics: Distribution of Stocks of Major Commercial Tunas by Catch (2011-March 2022) and Distribution of Stocks of Major Commercial Tunas (2011-March 2022).