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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WASHINGTON—Fishing vessels catch enough tuna to contribute more than US$42 billion to the global economy annually, according to a report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More
A new Pew report estimates that tuna fishing around the world generates more than US$42 billion in revenue annually and finds that the total catch in the Pacific has the highest value. The report, Netting Billions: A Global Valuation of Tuna , concludes that commercially landed Pacific tuna “generated dock values of more than $6.5 billion in 2012 and $5 billion in 2014. The end value of... Read More
Taken together, the seven most commercially important tuna species are among the most economicallyvaluable fishes on the planet. Collectively, skipjack, albacore, bigeye, yellowfin, Atlantic bluefin, Pacific bluefin,and southern bluefin tuna inhabit all of the tropical and temperate waters of the Earth’s oceans—and supportartisanal and industrial fishing wherever they exist. Canned and other... Read More