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New Figures Show 86 per cent of Tuna Catch from Healthy Stock

Lucy Towers
19 September 2014, at 1:00am

GLOBAL - The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released the latest version of its Status of the Stocks Ratings. The report shows that 86 per cent of tuna catch comes from healthy stock and updates the Pacific bigeye stock rating.

The report compiles the scientific records of the different major tuna stocks done by each of the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) into one document, serving as a one-stop, comprehensive resource for tuna stock information.

Since the last version released in April 2014, notable updates were made in the following sections:

  • IATTC stock status and management
  • IOTC management
  • WCPFC stock status
  • Pacific-wide stock status

The most significant changes were in ratings for Pacific bigeye stocks (EPO and WCPO). The abundance rating for those bigeye stocks changed from a green rating (stock is healthy) to orange (the stocks are overfished with regards to MSY levels).

Access the newly updated ISSF stock status ratings here.