Share List A new field guide should help crew of tuna vessels and observers to correctly identify 44 kinds of sharks and rays that are accidentally caught during tuna fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO). The guide, Shark and ray identification manual, has just been published by the Pacific Community (SPC), and can be downloaded from … Continue reading “Sharks and rays easy to identify in new field guide”
Oceanic whitetip shark … the species is threatened with extinction. Photo by Johan Lantz, CC BY-SA 3.0.
An adult shortfin mako shark entangled in fishing rope. Photograph: Daniel Cartamil/PA
The Philippines government recognized whale sharks’ importance to tourism and has since worked to better manage and conserve all shark species.
Photo: The Pew Charitable Trusts/Steve De Neef
Share List Another push is being made at Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meetings this week for an agreement on a comprehensive shark management measure. The incidental catch of sharks while targeting other fish such as tuna has become a serious threat to the species. A 2013 study by Social Development Direct, a … Continue reading “New push to protect sharks at Tuna Commission”
Share List The peoples of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) can celebrate having the healthiest stocks of tuna in the world. It doesn’t happen by chance. Protecting populations of tuna so that they remain in healthy numbers and provide food for generations takes a lot of effort, skill, and teamwork. One of the … Continue reading “How we know how much tuna there is and whether fishing is sustainable”
Share List The tuna fisheries of the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) are in better shape than those of other oceans, a report just published by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) shows. The report summarises the state of health of the world’s tuna fisheries. It covers 23 tuna stocks: 6 albacore, 4 bigeye, … Continue reading “Tuna numbers healthy, but WCPO needs harvest controls, says ISSF”
Around 260 Chinese fishing fleets were recently detected in the seas surrounding the Galápagos islands off the coast of Ecuador. The vast armarda of fishing vessels in the biodiverse Pacific islands has raised alarm bells over the fishing practices that conservationists say could severely damage the region’s protected marine ecosystem. Photo: www.greenqueen.com.hk
Share List The Papua New Guinea Fishing Industry Association won Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification in May. The association covers 32 purse-seine vessels flagged to PNG and another 32 flagged to the Philippines that are based in PNG. The tuna must be processed in one of six PNG-based facilities, all of which are members of the … Continue reading “PNG fishing association wins MSC certification”
Share List Tuna fishers will have to do everything they can to save rays, including the magnificent manta ray, that are unintentionally caught during fishing operations. Several species of mobulid rays, which include the mantas, are perilously close to extinction. One of the reasons for this is the numbers that die when they become part … Continue reading “Rays to be released while still in the water: postcard from WCPFC16”