The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has asked the international body that regulates Atlantic tuna stocks for greater protection measures.
ISSF has established a wish-list of proposals for officials at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to consider ahead of their upcoming meeting in Morocco.
On the list are changes to catch limits for yellowfin and bigeye tunas, improvements to data collection regarding the use of fish aggregating devices and increased observer coverage.
“ICCAT made substantial headway last year by agreeing to maintain total allowable catch levels for yellowfin and bigeye tuna stocks, which have experienced overfishing in recent years,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson. “But ICCAT’s science committee estimates that catch limits for bigeye and yellowfin were still exceeded in 2017, by 11% and 16%, respectively. The situation must be addressed.”