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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The Pew Charitable Trusts urges Member States of the United Nations to take action on this year's General Assembly resolution on sustainable fisheries to implement effective conservation and management measures worldwide. Read More
Recommendations to the 19th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) can achieve effective conservation and management of target and nontarget species under its jurisdiction if it bases decisions on sound precautionary science that acknowledges the ecosystem impacts of fishing. Read More
The good news is that new evidence suggests the Atlantic bluefin tuna is beginning to bounce back from near collapse of the fishery—at least for now. The bad news is that the gains could be lost if fishery managers take risky leaps, rather than responsible, cautious steps. Read More