ISSF study finds more purse seiners fishing, but fewer large vessels

Published on
September 21, 2021
An infographic on the current number of large tuna purse seiners

The total number of purse-seine vessels – calculated based on data from the five tuna regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) – has increased from 1,721 in 2020 to 1,855 today, according to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s (ISSF) updated Large-Scale Tuna Purse-Seine Fishing Fleets report, released in July. The report also found approximately 678 vessels defined as large-scale purse-seine vessels targeting tropical tuna species – skipjack, yellowfin, and bigeye ... 

Photo courtesy of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

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