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ISSF Launches Searchable Database On Tuna RFMO Resolutions United States, March 8, 12

RFMO’s are responsible for sustainably managing tuna stocks and in that role pass measures to limit fishing effort, reduce by-catch and many more initiatives designed to protect the tuna stock and ocean‘s ecosystem. Since 1993 over 200 resolutions have been passed.
ISSF has compiled and recently published a searchable database of these measures adopted by RFMO’s around the world. Categorized by tuna species, bycatch mitigation and monitoring, the database is searchable by the RFMO enacting the measure, the year of enactment, whether the measure is voluntary or binding and the scope of the measure.
Conservation measures for stock health are segmented by tuna species: albacore, bigeye, skipjack and yellowfin. Bycatch measures are sorted by the species impacted by the measure, such as sea turtles, seabirds and sharks. There are also management measures that target monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS).
Spanning 20 years the database tells an interesting story of the development of conservation measures and awareness of the impact of fisheries. And we believe this searchable, easy to use tool will be a valuable resource for those wanting to access the measures directly.