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.

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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:

For information on the status of tuna and swordfish stocks, please visit FishWatch.

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For more information on tunas or tuna-like species, please contact Erika Carlsen (, NOAA Fisheries, Office of International Affairs.

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