Working to improve international agreements to protect bluefin tuna and to take effective action in work for global tuna conservation.
Ranging far and wide across the oceans, tuna are found throughout the world, generally in tropical and temperate waters. Not only are these fish commercially important—they are also critical to the well-being of our oceans and the millions of people who depend on the greater marine ecosystem for food and economic stability.
Unfortunately, many populations are in decline —making the need for sustainable global tuna fisheries clearer than ever before.
The huge demand for tuna—as a popular ingredient in sushi and tuna steaks, and as mass produced, affordable canned fish across much of Europe, Asia, and the United States—has resulted in overfishing and mismanagement of many tuna species. Destructive fishing practices endanger not only the health of fish stocks, but also the livelihoods of approximately 450 million people—and the food security of some three billion people.
Pew is working to improve the international management of tuna species by
- promoting science-based catch limits that do not allow overfishing;
- minimizing the impacts of destructive fishing gears;
- eliminating illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing;
- increasing the transparency and accountability of tuna regional fisheries management organizations.
Read more about Pew's Pacific tuna work.
Read more about Pew's bluefin tuna work in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Members of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) must do more to follow through on critical commitments to protect tuna and shark populations in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The IATTC, the world’s oldest regional fishery management organization (RFMO) for tuna, meets June 27 to July 1 in La Jolla, California. Read More
The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) is responsible for the conservation and management of tunas, sharks, and other highly migratory species in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is the obligation of Member States to enforce strict compliance with measures approved by the Commission. Read More
On May 26, commercial purse seine vessels will begin fishing in the Mediterranean Sea for Atlantic bluefin tuna. If recent history is any indication, most countries will catch their quota in days, and a majority of those tuna will be transferred to at-sea pens called ranches, where they will be fattened before being sold. There will be one noticeable difference this season from previous years,... Read More