Great Strides by the IATTC Toward the Sustainability of Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna Applauds Mexico’s Leadership
November 7th, 2014

Great Strides by the IATTC Toward the Sustainability of Pacific Bluefin Tuna
Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna Applauds Mexico’s Leadership

MEXICO CITY, November 7, 2014 – The Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna congratulates the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and their colleagues within the EPO fishery on the unanimous adoption of a new binding resolution to reduce Pacific bluefin tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The resolution, proposed by Mexico and co-sponsored by the United States and Japan, was adopted on October 29, during the 87th meeting of the IATTC. Based on the recommendations of the IATTC scientific staff and the recommendations of the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean, this historic resolution represents a huge success for sustainable fishing.

As noted by Mexico’s National Commissioner for Aquaculture and Fisheries, Mario G. Aguilar Sanchez, “The new measures adopted this week represent another sustainable fishery management success story in the making, which has required the cooperative commitment from the IATTC Commission scientists, governments, industry and environmental NGOs.”

This resolution is a huge step for the global tuna industry. Importantly, this resolution regulates both commercial and recreation fisheries, which must work in tandem to ensure the successful recovery of bluefin tuna stocks to healthy levels. With a comprehensive assessment of the status of the entire Pacific bluefin stock, the IATTC and industry decision-makers will be able to move forward with management actions that are based on independent and scientific research on stock levels.

These new and significant catch reduction measures, combined with the capability of ensuring full compliance with the measures by authorities of Mexico and the United States through 100 percent independent observer coverage on board for monitoring and surveillance of all commercial fishing vessels, and regular reporting of catch data to the IATTC. Mexican bluefin ranching operations have implemented procedures for full transparency and cooperation with IATTC scientists to ensure achievement of the objective of the recovery and long-term sustainability of Pacific bluefin tuna stocks. Importantly, the new management measure follows significant catch reductions that have already been implemented by Mexico and the Mexican fleet over the past several years.

The unanimous adoption of this resolution is a testament to the leadership of Mexico’s efforts to advance the recovery of bluefin tuna stocks and sustainably manage the eastern Pacific Ocean fishery.

About the Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna

The Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna is a group of leading Mexican fishing companies that joined together to ensure the sustainability in its Northeastern Tropical Pacific Purse Seine Yellowfin and Skipjack Tuna Fishery. The Alliance members – Grupomar, Herdez Del Fuerte, Pesca Azteca, and Procesa – provide high-quality sustainable tuna to the Mexican and international markets. The Alliance spearheads a joint vision for healthy oceans—for today and future generations. For more information about the Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna, please visit PacificTunaAlliance.org.