ISSF 2015 Annual Report - Collaboration and Advocacy / by Francisco Blaha

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s (ISSF) 2015 annual report, released this week highlights the need to foster continuous improvement across global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy.

 Resource users transshipping - Resources owners hanging around for scraps

Resource users transshipping - Resources owners hanging around for scraps

ISSF produces The Status of the Stocks report on an annual basis or more to highlight the health of the world’s commercial tuna stocks and to serve as a measuring stick for progress made and the work still ahead.

The Status of the Stocks measures the status of all major commercial tuna stocks against three key factors: stock abundance; exploitation/management; and environmental impact (bycatch).

You can see an interactive version of the report here

Some of the key numbers below:

48% of tuna stocks globally are at a healthy level of abundance
39% of tuna stocks globally need stronger management to end overfishing
78% of global tuna catch (by tonnage) comes from healthy stocks
16% of global tuna catch (by tonnage) comes from stocks where fishing is not well managed

Whatever critics may say about ISSF as an industry-funded organization, the people that put this report in place is or the highest caliber, and very respected.