ISSF is committed to supporting tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) in following scientific advice to protect and conserve tuna stocks, reduce bycatch, and improve the health of marine ecosystems.
OVERVIEW OF TUNA RFMOS
Five RFMOs worldwide oversee tuna fisheries management in their respective ocean regions.
The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) is governed by the Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna and is responsible for the management of southern bluefin tuna throughout its range.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is governed by the ICCAT Convention and is responsible for the management of tuna and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas.
The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) is governed by the 1982 Convention and the Agreement (The Law of the Sea and UNFSA) and is responsible for the management of tuna and tuna-like species in the Pacific Ocean west of 150ºW to the north of 4ºS and waters west of 130ºW to the south of 4ºS.
RFMO ADVOCACY PUBLICATIONS
Position Statements to RFMOs
Every year, ISSF produces Position Statements for RFMOs in advance of their policy-making meetings — outlining our recommended topics for discussion and priority actions for sustainable fisheries.
RFMO Best Practices Snapshots
As part of our policy and advocacy work, ISSF evaluates tuna RFMOs' progress in implementing best-practice recommendations. Our "RFMO Best Practices Snapshots" (PDFs) cover compliance processes, IUU vessel listing, transshipment, and other fisheries management topics.
In our infographics library, you'll find original ISSF graphics on key RFMO topics.
Biodegradable FADs Guide
Four tuna RFMOs already require the fleets in their regions that fish with FADs to use only non-entangling FAD designs. Some RFMOs additionally encourage fleets to use biodegradable materials in FADs.