Atlantic Bluefin Tuna: While ICCAT has continually refused to recognize that Atlantic bluefin tuna populations are greatly at risk and in dire need of more protection, they did implement a new electronic bluefin tuna catch documentation (eBCD) system. This system will replace the outdated and easily manipulated paper system (which often led to fraud and misinformation) and allow for near real-time tracking of bluefin tuna from when and where it is caught to when and where it is landed. The goal of this system is to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing of bluefin tuna. To further curtail IUU fishing, the commission adopted an amendment to allow smaller vessels (12 meters as compared to the previous 20-meter minimum) that are operating illegally to also be listed, and port authorities will be required to inspect them as well.
Other Tunas:** Protective measures were adopted for bigeye and yellowfin tuna, particularly off the coast of West Africa, where Fish Attracting Devices (FADs) are used to attract schools of fish and also result in a large number of bycatch. This measure should assist in protecting important nursery grounds near the Gulf of Guinea and allow for greater recruitment of these species to the western Atlantic and the U.S. More definitely needs to be done here.