Protecting the World’s Largest Tuna Fishing Grounds

Protecting the World’s Largest Tuna Fishing Grounds

The world's largest tuna fishing grounds are found in the western and central Pacific Ocean, which is also home to a wealth of other marine life. Unfortunately, this vast region continues to be fished unsustainably—despite strong scientific and management advice to the contrary—while fishing capacity continues to grow.

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which meets Dec. 1-5, is responsible for managing all highly migratory fish stocks, including tuna and sharks, in the region. This collection highlight's The Pew Charitable Trusts’ priorities for creating sustainable fisheries, protecting shark populations, and combating illegal fishing.

Tuna
Tuna
Issue Brief

Recommendations to the 11th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

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Issue Brief

The Pew Charitable Trusts calls on all Commission Members, Cooperating non-Members, and Participating Territories to cooperate and compromise.

How to End Illegal Fishing
How to End Illegal Fishing
Report

How to End Illegal Fishing

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Report

From coastal waters to the high seas, criminals are robbing the oceans and jeopardizing communities, economies, and the environment. It's the great ocean heist, and here's how to stop it.

Tracking system
Tracking system
Fact Sheet

Electronic Tracking of Fish Aggregating Devices

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Fact Sheet

There is growing consensus among scientists, fishery managers, fishermen, and conservationists that FAD fisheries must be better managed.

shark
shark
Video

Implementing New Shark Protections Worldwide

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Countries around the world have been working together on an unprecedented scale to prepare for new landmark shark protections that go into effect Sunday, Sept. 14. Learn more about the efforts that countries worldwide have undertaken to prepare for the deadline.

Additional Resources

Marshall Islands: The World's Largest Shark Sanctuary
Marshall Islands: The World's Largest Shark Sanctuary
3min 11sec
Micronesia Speaks Up to Save Sharks
4min 43sec