Calls for responsible management of the world’s largest tuna fishery

IPNLF wants progress on the adoption of harvest strategies for all major tuna stocks Photo: NOAA IPNLF wants progress on the adoption of harvest strategies for all major tuna stocks Photo: NOAA

Tuna fishing communities and supply chains have united in calling for responsible management ahead of the next Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting.

The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) and its member network are calling on the WCPFC to strengthen the management framework for sustainable and equitable tuna fisheries in the Pacific Ocean.

“IPNLF recognises that the WCPFC has made some steady progress in recent years to establish science-based management, but some significant obstacles remain,” said Jeremy Crawford, Southeast Asia Director of IPNLF.

“Among these, it is key that decision makers ensure the sustainable and equitable management of these tuna fisheries so that the many communities that have a high degree of economic and social dependence on the fisheries are front and centre in the negotiations.”

Harvest strategies

Specifically, IPNLF is hoping for progress on the adoption of harvest strategies for all major tuna stocks in accordance with the proposed timeline that aims to avoid adverse impacts on the stocks.

It also wants an enforceable and effective bridging measure adopted for the management of tropical tunas that recognises the important social and economic contributions of one-by-one tuna fisheries to coastal communities throughout the WCPFC convention area.

Other measures it wants to see adopted include an improvement in the monitoring and regulation of purse-seine supply vessels and other undermanaged fishing gears, the reduction of marine pollution, measures adopted that effectively reduce by-catch and protect endangered species, the improvement of observer safety and the transparency of WCPFC compliance.

This year’s WCPFC Regular Session convenes 2-7 December in Manila, Philippines. Read IPNLF’s full Position Statement ahead of the meeting.

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