International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean
The Government of the United States and the Government of Japan announced today the formation of the *Interim Scientific Committee to study the tuna and tuna-like species of the North Pacific Ocean. They announced as well that all countries of the region, and states with vessels fishing in the region could participate as Members of the Committee. They indicated that the Committee would cooperate closely with relevant fisheries and scientific organizations, and other entities with vessels fishing in the region.
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North Pacific Swordfish Stock Assessment ReportISC Billfish Working Group completed a North Pacific swordfish stock assessment and presented the results at the ISC14. The assessment report is now available.
ISC14 Plenary Report16-21 July 2014 Taipei, Chinese-Taipei
Updated Pacific Bluefin Tuna Stock AssessmentAn updated Pacific bluefin tuna (PBF) stock assessment was completed by the ISC PBFWG in March 2014 using date from 1952 to 2013.
Although no target or limit reference points have been established for PBF, the current average F over 2009-2011 exceeds all target and limit biological reference points commonly used by fisheries managers except for Floss, and the ratio of spawning stock biomass (SSB) in 2012 relative to unfished SSB (depletion ratio) is less than 6%. In summary, based on reference point ratios, overfishing is occurring and the stock is overfished. The full assessment report is under review and will be available by late April. For a summary of the report click here.