The Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) came into play in 1994, establishing a Commission whose objectives are to ensure the conservation and optimum usage of the global Southern Bluefin Tuna fishery.
In pursuit of this objective, CCSBT performs a number of functions including: setting a total allowable catch and allocating this among the members, coordinating a scientific research program, and convening a working group to discuss impact on non-target species.
Southern Bluefin Tuna has been fished to perilously low levels. It reached less than 5% of its pre-exploitation levels and has been classified as critically endangered by the IUCN.
Albatross and petrels are killed in alarming numbers on the longlines used to catch the southern bluefin tuna. Through our attendance at annual CCSBT meetings, we pressure the Southern Bluefin Tuna industry to address its severe albatross and petrel problem imploring countries to do more to stop this horrific bycatch.
Image: Dani Annese