ISSF position statements raise issues and recommendations for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) to consider in their policymaking discussions and decisions.

Our advocacy team prepares and circulates our statements in advance of major tuna RFMO meetings. Some statements are available in several languages, depending on RFMO region. If you would like to request an older version of a statement, write to us at [email protected].

ISSF 2013-03: Report of the 2013 Stock Assessment Workshop. Harvest Control Rules and Reference Points for Tuna RFMOs

Date Added: August 8, 2016
Authors: ISSF
Downloaded: 368 times
Tags: CCSBT, Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Status, WCPFC
Language: English
Featured: False
Report Type: Workshop Report


Management strategies include monitoring, stock assessment, harvest control rules, reference points and management actions. The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation convened a workshop to review the current status of the adoption of these elements into the decision-making process by five the Tuna RFMOs and to make recommendations for harmonizing and facilitating the process among RFMOs. Of the five RFMOs, CCSBT has formally adopted a management strategy (management procedure) for decision-making. The other four RFMOs are making substantial progress to identify and test key elements of management strategies, such as reference points (limit and target) and harvest control rules. This work is being done primarily by the RFMO science bodies, sometimes without a formal Commission mandate. The workshop reports on key issues that should be kept in mind when developing and testing management strategies: Data and models, the treatment of FMSY as a target or a limit, testing of the strategy, and implementation. The workshop concluded that management strategies have worked quite well elsewhere in fisheries, and that there is no technical constraint to advance them in the tuna RFMOs. This could be done in many cases with relatively simple, existing tools. The report contains specific recommendations on limit and target reference points, harvest control rules, and other considerations for management strategy evaluations. A glossary of terms is also included.