International Tuna Conservation
An international approach is essential for managing tunas and other highly migratory species, such as swordfish and marlins. These powerful fish swim across international boundaries; in some cases, dozens of nations can be fishing on the same stock.
The United States is a member of the following regional fishery management organizations, which are responsible for the conservation and management of tuna and tuna-like stocks:
Within these organizations, the United States promotes the long-term sustainability of fish stocks through science-based management while working to ensure that new measures are fair and equitable to U.S. stakeholders. Some of the most significant challenges include:
The need for stronger data collection, reporting, and enforcement programs outside U.S. waters.
For information on the status of tuna and swordfish stocks, please visit FishWatch.
For more information on tunas or tuna-like species, please contact Erika Carlsen (email@example.com), NOAA Fisheries, Office of International Affairs.