Our “snapshots” identify best practices that Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) should follow to manage tuna fisheries sustainably.

In detailed tables, the snapshots compare tuna RFMO progress in implementing the practices.

For a high-level comparison across the five RFMOs, see our Tuna RFMO Best Practice Performance “scorecard” below. We also publish companion “best-practices reports” on these topics and “RFMO progress” infographics.

ISSF 2014-06: ISSF Skipper Workshops. Collaboration between Scientists and Fishing Industry to Mitigate Bycatch

Date Added: August 9, 2016
Authors: Dr. Jefferson Murua, Dr. Gala Moreno, Martin Hall, David Itano, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Dr. Victor Restrepo
Downloaded: 377 times
Tags: Bycatch Mitigation, FADs, Jefferson Murua, Tuna
Language: English
Featured: False
Report Type: Technical Report

Description

SUMMARY
Since 2009, ISSF has been conducting workshops that join scientists, fishers and other key stakeholders from the principal tropical tuna fleets of the world. The goal is to find ways to reduce bycatch and the catch of small undesired tuna in Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) fisheries by developing more selective fishing practices and adopting technology that improves targeting of desirable catch. The workshop concept is based on the premise that sustainable management measures resulting from a participatory approach are more likely to be relevant and readily adopted by fishery members. Skippers possess extensive knowledge on tuna behavior and vessel fishing technology which can be used to understand the effects of fishing practices on non-target species and the environment and can lead to developing practical solutions to bycatch mitigation. This document describes the collaborative dialogue process and the results obtained during a series of workshops conducted between scientists and fishermen from 2009 – 2013.