Collaborative Advocacy

ISSF and its partners cooperate with and support Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), and vigorously advocate to RFMO members, for the adoption and implementation of science-based management measures — so that tuna stocks and their ecosystem are managed comprehensively and sustainably.

Our advocacy priorities include:

  • Implementation of rigorous harvest strategies, including harvest control rules (HCRs) and reference points

  • Effective management of fleet capacity, including establishing mechanisms that support developing coastal state engagement in the fishery

  • Science-based FAD management measures and requiring the use of non-entangling and biodegradable FAD designs

  • Strengthened RFMO member compliance processes, including greater transparency of these processes to ensure full compliance with all adopted measures

  • Strengthened MCS measures, including tightening the regulation of at-sea transshipment; reforming vessel monitoring systems; increasing observer coverage on fishing vessels and carriers through wider use of modern technologies, such as EM/ER; and adopting port State measures

  • Adoption of best-practice bycatch mitigation for sea turtles, sharks and rays, seabirds, and effective shark conservation and management measures

How are Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO) conservation measures or policies progressing in key tuna conservation categories identified by ISSF?


In 2019, two examples of RFMOs’ progress on sustainable fishing policies stood out: IOTC and ICCAT acted decisively to lower FAD impacts on marine ecosystems and improve FAD management — issues we first raised the year ISSF was founded. We’ve championed FAD research and science-based reforms to FAD designs and management ever since.

-Holly Koehler, Vice President, Policy & Outreach, ISSF