ISSF red lists bigeye tuna

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) on Thursday red listed Eastern Pacific bigeye tuna.

Eastern Pacific bigeye has been fished without conservation measures since 2007, prompting ISSF board members to pass a conservation resolution urging the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) to follow the advice of its scientific staff and for companies to refrain from transactions in bigeye if conservation measures are not in place.

“IATTC’s own science committee has called for better management but for too long member nations have failed to act,” said Bill Fox, VP and managing director of the World Wildlife Fund and vice chair of ISSF. “This stock doesn’t have the luxury of time — it needs action now.”

ISSF, a partnership between the tuna industry and the World Wildlife Fund, uses science compiled by the regional fisheries management organizations to rate the 19 stocks that support commercial tuna fishing.

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