World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Call for Management Improvements Ahead of Meeting


MEDIA ADVISORY

Conservation Group Calls for Management Improvements ahead of Atlantic Tuna Meeting

ISSF releases position statement for ICCAT 18th Special Meeting

Washington, DC - 6 November 2012 -The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its position statement in advance of the 18th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Agadir, Morocco next week.

In the paper, ISSF urges ICCAT to further expand upon last year's general framework for harvest control rules by establishing stock-specific target and limit reference points and to specify the probability levels that will be associated with the recommendations from the 2011 framework.

Controlling capacity for tropical tuna fisheries by reducing the amount of vessels on the water so that the fleet size is commensurate with the stock assessments in the region is also a focal point of the ISSF position, along with an expansion of the region's observer coverage. Starting next January, ICCAT will implement 100 percent observer coverage during the two-month FAD closure, but ISSF recommends that coverage extends over the entire year.

"Implementing comprehensive observer coverage begins to address issues of transparency that threaten the sustainability of tuna fisheries," said ISSF President, Susan Jackson. "The Atlantic has improved observer coverage in its tuna fisheries recently but now nations need to make that next big push to 100 percent coverage in its tropical purse seine fisheries."

ISSF also urged nations to adopt a stronger FAD management policy to assure that FAD data are collected and reported to the ICCAT Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS). ISSF President Susan Jackson added, "FAD fishing accounts for almost 40 percent of global tuna catches, and the first meaningful step to a broad global effort to improve FAD management in all ocean regions is to collect better data in these fisheries. If RFMO scientists have ample data they can determine appropriate management measures, which ultimately leads to sound policy."

Other improvements addressed in the ISSF position statement include mandated assessments for skipjack stocks, prohibitions on both the at-sea removal of shark fins and on the intentional purse seine setting around whale sharks, as well as comprehensive catch and bycatch retention measures for all tunas and bycatch species.

To access the full position statement click here.

About the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world's leading conservation organization, promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. To learn more, visit their website at iss-foundation.org.

# # #


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Demonetisation: Gordon Campbell On India’s Huge Socio-Economic Experiment

Without much coverage at all in the West, India has just been engaged for the past few weeks in one of the world’s biggest socio-economic experiments since the Cultural Revolution in China. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Death Of Fidel Castro

New Zealand likes to think we played our part – via the 1981 Springbok tour – in bringing the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end… Jacob Zuma treated the death of Fidel Castro at the weekend as an occasion to pay a heartfelt tribute to the thousands of Cuban soldiers who travelled across the world to inflict the first significant military defeat on the forces of white supremacy. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Election Home Stretch

Once again at the business end of a US election, the result will hinge on the same old bits of geography as always: the Five Crucial Counties in Ohio, the Two Crucial Counties in Pennsylvania and the I-4 Interstate Corridor in Florida that runs from Tampa Bay through Orlando to Daytona Beach. More>>

ALSO:

Meanwhile:

Haiti: $5 Million To Kick-Start Aid In Wake Of Hurricane Matthew

UN emergency fund allocates $5 million to kick-start assistance in wake of Hurricane Matthew More>>

ALSO:

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

Not Helen Clark: António Guterres Favourite For Next UN Secretary-General

Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has emerged as the clear favourite to become the next United Nations Secretary-General following the sixth secret ballot held today by the UN Security Council, which is expected to take a formal decision tomorrow and forward Mr. Guterres’ name to the 193-Member General Assembly for final confirmation. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news