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In the absence of an overarching international governance system for regulating marine fisheries, particularly in areas beyond national jurisdiction, there exist a number of treaties, organizations and intergovernmental instruments that serve to manage fisheries.
Pew offers its science-based research and policy expertise in order to aid decision makers and relevant stakeholders in designing and adopting appropriate management mechanisms and policy decisions to ensure the conservation and long-term sustainability of marine resources, and the ocean.
Spotlight on the 2013 Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission Annual Meeting
As the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, or IATTC convenes for its 85th annual meeting in Veracruz, Mexico in June, the Pew Charitable Trusts is urging this body to ensure that tuna and shark fishing within its area is legal and sustainable. The IATTC manages tuna fisheries across 68 million square kilometers (26 million square miles) of the Pacific Ocean. That’s about 20 percent of the world’s total ocean area.
This mandate offers the IATTC a critical opportunity to adequately address conservation concerns such as ensuring sustainable tuna fishing and reducing its impacts on other species, such as sharks, in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Learn more.
In areas beyond national jurisdiction, the conservation and management of marine species are under the purview of a number of multilateral fora and legal instruments. These include the United Nations and its various organizations and processes, regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements, the Convention on Biological Diversity, CITES, and others. Learn more about these meetings below.