Tuna fishing. (Photo Credit: MADE Project)
Easter Pacific coastal countries seek to improve tuna management
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
The partners of the Common Oceans Tuna Project, including the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), WWF and the International Sustainability Seafood Organisation (ISSF) welcome the engagement of Eastern Pacific Ocean developing coastal states towards ensuring effective management of the shared tuna stocks. Better tuna management can provide in many of these countries long term benefits for fishers and the millions of people who derive a livelihood from these waters.
Representatives from Eastern Pacific Ocean countries that are members of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission gathered in Panama for a discussion on aspects of sustainable tuna fisheries management with world experts in tuna fisheries.
As it is happening in similar regional fisheries management organizations around the world, IATTC members have started a new process to implement the precautionary approach through the adoption of harvest strategies, which provide a clear pre-agreed decision framework about what actions to take the if stocks are declining or need rebuilding or if fishing mortality is excessive.
The ideas presented during the workshop will assist coastal states representatives to become more familiar with the principles behind harvest strategies and, therefore, will empower coastal states representatives to meaningfully engage in the process of development of the strategies for key stocks under IATTC management.
The workshop was part of the global project Common Oceans: Sustainable Management of Tuna Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ), partially funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), coordinated by FAO and with WWF leading a number of the project outputs.
The overarching Common Oceans Tuna project focuses on different components, and the Panama workshop was part of the first component, “supporting implementation of sustainable and efficient fisheries management and fishing practices”.
This workshop is aimed at supporting the improved understanding of the application of the precautionary approach through harvest strategies by tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations.