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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It is widely accepted by governments, industry, and nongovernmental organizations that Pacific bluefin tuna are in a dire state. A new analysis conducted by Japanese scientists provides further evidence that the bluefin population is in more danger than previously thought, despite claims to the contrary. Read More
When the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) meets in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from June 29 to July 3, member nations will have a chance to enact measures that could help bring two apex predators of the eastern Pacific Ocean back from the brink. Read More
The four companies that make up Mexico’s Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) pledged June 16 to stop fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna for the next five years. Read More