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Scientific Reports tagged with RFMOs

Image Title Date Author(s) Language RFMO(s) Tag(s) Category Company Report Type Activity Year
Image Title Date Author(s) Language RFMO(s) Tag(s) Category Company Report Type Activity Year
Number of Tuna Transshipments by Year (2014-2021) September 15, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Transshipment, Tuna, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final September 15, 2022
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2022: Transshipment Regulation September 2, 2022 English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Transshipment, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot September 2, 2022
ISSF 2022-13: Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna. July 2022* July 22, 2022 ISSF English CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC 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 Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report July 22, 2022
ISSF 2022-14: A Snapshot of the Large-Scale Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fishing Fleets as of July 2022* July 19, 2022 Ana Justel-Rubio, Dr. Lorena Recio English N/A Capacity Management, Purse Seine, RFMOs, Tuna Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report July 19, 2022
RFMO Support Conservation Measures Category June 27, 2022 English N/A Conservation Measures, RFMOs Conservation Measures, Infographics N/A Final June 27, 2022
RFMO Best Practice Performance June 1, 2022 English CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, FADs, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, Observer Coverage, RFMOs, Supply Vessel, Transshipment, Vessel Lists, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Final June 1, 2022
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2022: Treatment of Supply & Tender Vessels by RFMO May 19, 2022 English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Supply Vessel, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot May 19, 2022
ISSF 2022-12: Survey of the Treatment of Support/Supply/Tender Vessels in Tuna RFMOs* May 19, 2022 Holly Koehler, Dr. Gala Moreno English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, FADs, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Supply Vessel, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report May 19, 2022
ISSF 2022-10: Transshipment: Strengthening Tuna RFMO Transshipment Regulations* May 18, 2022 Claire van der Geest English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, MCS, RFMOs, Transshipment, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report May 18, 2022
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2022: Authorised Vessel Lists May 16, 2022 English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot May 16, 2022
ISSF 2022-11: Tuna RFMO Authorised Vessel Lists: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* May 16, 2022 Claire van der Geest English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, MCS, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report May 16, 2022
ISSF 2022-05: Tuna RFMO Compliance Assessment Processes: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* April 4, 2022 Holly Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report April 4, 2022
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2022: Compliance Processes April 4, 2022 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot April 4, 2022
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2022: IUU Vessel Listing April 1, 2022 English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot April 1, 2022
ISSF 2022-08: Combatting IUU Fishing: Continual Improvement and Best Practices for IUU Listing Measures in Tuna RFMOs* April 1, 2022 Holly Koehler, Claire van der Geest English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report April 1, 2022
Key Gaps and Priorities in Tuna RFMO Port State Measures March 23, 2022 English N/A CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Port State Measures, RFMOs, Tuna, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final March 23, 2022
ISSF 2022-07: Port State Measures in Tuna RFMOs: Benchmarking RFMO Port State Measures Against the 2009 FAO PSMA and Identifying Gaps* March 23, 2022 Holly Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Port State Measures, RFMOs, Tuna, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report March 23, 2022
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2022: Vessel Monitoring Systems March 15, 2022 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot March 15, 2022
ISSF 2022-06: RFMO Vessel Monitoring Systems: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* March 15, 2022 Holly Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report March 15, 2022
ISSF 2022-01: Biology and Stock Status of Minor Commercial Tunas: Summary of Current Knowledge and Gaps February 16, 2022 Dr. Lorena Recio, Dr. Hilario Murua, Dr. Victor Restrepo English N/A Neritic Tunas, RFMOs, Stock Status, Tuna Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report February 16, 2022
RFMO Performance (MSC Principle 3) February 3, 2022 ISSF English N/A MSC Certification, RFMOs Infographics N/A Final February 3, 2022
ISSF 2022-03: An Evaluation of the Sustainability of Global Tuna Stocks Relative to Marine Stewardship Council Criteria* January 28, 2022 Paul A.H. Medley, Jo Gascoigne, Giuseppe Scarcella English N/A Albacore Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Harvest Strategies, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, MSC Certification, RFMOs, science, Skipjack, Stock Status, Tuna, WCPFC, Yellowfin Tuna Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report January 28, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Bycatch Mitigation (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Bycatch Mitigation, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Bycatch, Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Stock Health and Management (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Status, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on MCS and IUU (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, MCS, RFMOs, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Harvest Control Rules (HCRs) (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC FADs, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Capacity Management (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Capacity Management, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Electronic Monitoring and Electronic Reporting (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Electronic Monitoring & Reporting, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
ISSF 2021-05: Survey of Human Observer Programs for Purse Seine Vessels and a Set of Best Practices* April 21, 2021 Holly Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Observer Coverage, Observer Programs, Purse Seine, RFMOs, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports N/A Technical Report April 21, 2021
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2021: Observer Requirements March 1, 2021 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Observer Coverage, Observer Programs, RFMOs, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot March 1, 2021
ISSF 2019 Position Statements February 15, 2021 English, French, Spanish IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Bycatch, Capacity Management, Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, MCS, RFMOs, Sharks, Supply Vessel, Tuna, WCPFC Position Statements N/A Final February 15, 2021
Electronic Monitoring Vendors and Data Submission Information March 11, 2020 ISSF English N/A Bycatch, Conservation Measures, Electronic Monitoring & Reporting, FADs, RFMOs Conservation Measures N/A Guide March 11, 2020
Non-Entangling FADs: Skipper Acceptance Levels & RFMO Proposals January 21, 2020 English N/A FADs, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, Skippers Workshops, Strategic Plan Infographics, Strategic Plan N/A Final January 21, 2020
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Spanish) October 10, 2019 ISSF Spanish N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 10, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (English) October 8, 2019 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Traditional Chinese) October 8, 2019 ISSF Traditional Chinese N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Vietnamese) October 8, 2019 ISSF Vietnamese N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Tagalog) October 8, 2019 ISSF Tagalog N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (French) October 8, 2019 ISSF French N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Korean) October 8, 2019 ISSF Korean N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Indonesian) October 8, 2019 ISSF Indonesian N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Japanese) October 8, 2019 ISSF Japanese N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Simplified Chinese) October 8, 2019 ISSF Simplified Chinese N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
ISSF 2018-18: Reporting and Transparency of Catch and/or Effort Quotas in Tuna RFMOS: A Survey Paper July 12, 2018 Holly Koehler, Dr. Victor Restrepo English N/A CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report July 12, 2018
ISSF 2018-16: A Pre-Assessment of the Sustainability of Global Tuna Fisheries Relative to Marine Stewardship Council Criteria: Principle 2 May 22, 2018 Paul A.H. Medley, Tristan Southall, Jodi Bostrom, Erika Zollett, Gudrun Guadian English N/A Harvest Strategies, MSC Certification, RFMOs, Stock Assessment, Tuna Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report May 22, 2018
ISSF 2018-16: MSC Principle 2 Pre-assessment Report Materials May 21, 2018 ISSF English N/A Harvest Strategies, MSC Certification, RFMOs, Stock Assessment, Tuna Scientific Reports N/A Technical Report May 21, 2018
ISSF 2018-15: 2018 ISSF Stock Assessment Workshop: Review of Current t-RFMO Practice in Stock Status Determinations April 26, 2018 ISSF English N/A CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Assessment, Stock Status, Tuna, WCPFC Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report April 26, 2018
ISSF 2017-08: Management of Tuna Stocks and Fisheries. Nov. 2017* November 22, 2017 ISSF English N/A RFMOs, science, Stock Status, Tuna Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report November 22, 2017
ISSF 2016-15: A Comparative Study of Annual Tuna Catches from Two Different Sources: FAO Global Capture Database vs. Tuna RFMOs Statistical Databases (2000-2014) October 6, 2016 Ana Justel-Rubio, Luca Garibaldi, Dr. John Hampton, Dr. Mark Maunder, Dr. Victor Restrepo English N/A RFMOs, Tuna Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report October 6, 2016
ISSF 2015-06: Report of the 2015 Stock Assessment Workshop. Characterizing Uncertainty in Stock Assessment March 29, 2015 ISSF English N/A CCSBT, Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Status, WCPFC Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report March 29, 2015
ISSF 2015-08: Harmonization of Longline Bycatch Data in Tuna RFMOs February 26, 2015 ISSF English N/A Bycatch, Longline, RFMOs, Tuna Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report February 26, 2015
ISSF 2013-03: Report of the 2013 Stock Assessment Workshop. Harvest Control Rules and Reference Points for Tuna RFMOs March 8, 2013 ISSF English N/A CCSBT, Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Status, WCPFC Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report March 8, 2013
ISSF 2013-09: Sustainable Fishery Agreements: Strategies for Enforcement & Compliance. Maui Conferences, Jan 2013 January 25, 2013 ISSF English N/A Capacity Management, Compliance, RFMOs Meeting Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report January 25, 2013
ISSF 2012-12: Harmonisation of Purse-Seine Data Collected by Tuna RFMO Observer Programmes October 19, 2012 ISSF English N/A Bycatch, Observer Programs, RFMOs, Stock Status Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report October 19, 2012
ISSF 2012-11: Confidentiality Rules Regarding Detailed Fishing Operations September 12, 2012 Kathryn Matthews English N/A FADs, RFMOs Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report September 12, 2012
ISSF 2011-06: Managing Fishing Capacity in International Fisheries. Approaches and Practices in RFMOs. Aug 2011 August 15, 2011 María Cecilia Engler Palma English N/A Capacity Management, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report August 15, 2011