Approximately six million tons of tunas and tuna-like species are captured every year for human consumption. These fisheries are highly complex in nature with multiple target species and fishing gears (e.g. purse seine, longline, pole and line). As such there are several issues that scientists, policy makers and stakeholders are faced with: catches of juvenile target species, bycatch, impacts of FADs, overcapacity, interactions between fisheries, etc.
The symposium is convened to present the most recent findings and provide a platform to exchange ideas and investigate optimal approaches to mitigate impacts and ensure sustainability of tuna fisheries. We welcome participation from scientists, stakeholders and policy makers from all oceans.
The selected contributions have been distributed among seven thematic sessions:
Biodiversity and bycatch
Fish associated with FADs: biology and behavior
Biology and ecology of pelagic sharks
Time-area closures to mitigate bycatch
Mitigation techniques in longline fisheries
Mitigation techniques in purse seine fisheries
An attractive programme... REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
The call for abstracts was very successful. Around 70 oral presentations of results from novel research as well as recently
published findings, updated reviews and syntheses, practical approaches to mitigation and management considerations have been accepted. The oral presentations will be around 15 minutes in order to leave 5 minutes for discussion.
Five keynote speeches will open the conference and the different sessions.
The detailed programme is available in the main menu (left column).
Please register in the meantime to book your seat.
See you soon in Montpellier!
ISSF SKIPPERS' WORKSHOP - Friday 19 October 2012
"How can scientists and stakeholders work together to foster the development of methods and tools to monitor and reduce the ecological impacts of purse seine fishing?"
Following the symposium, ISSF will host a workshop where skippers and scientists can interact and discuss bycatch reduction methods in the tuna purse seine floating object fishery: see the ISSF workshop programme.