Tuna Governance

This Nereus research project proposes to address the political stalemate that is undermining the sustainable management of the Pacific tuna fisheries, the world's largest tuna fishery. Unless resolved, overfishing will impact on the long term sustainability of these fisheries, resulting in significant conservation concerns, and limiting the future development opportunities for some Pacific small island developing States.

Scientific assessments of the four key tuna species have advised that governments need to reduce overfishing of bigeye, avoid further increases in fishing for adult yellowfin, reduce the fishing mortality of juvenile bigeye and yellowfin, and develop precautionary limits for skipjack. Earlier work by A/Prof Hanich and Dr Ota found that the negotiation of sustainable fishing limits was undermined by poor processes for evaluating potential conservation impacts on States with an interest in the fishery, and a lack of clear decision rules to guide negotiations.

This project aims to develop and demonstrate an innovative process to evaluate the impacts of alternative conservation measures on national interests, and provide clear principles for decision-making. This will enable more informed and effective decision making processes to choose between alternative management options and adopt necessary conservation measures, with clear conservation and development outcomes. 


The team


This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 2: Zero Hunger .  Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth .  Goal 10: Reduced inequalities .  Goal 14: Life Below Water .  Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals