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Determining if the CCSBT Management Procedure sufficiently demonstrates sustainability credentials of Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna

The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for the management of southern bluefin tuna throughout its distribution. The CCSBT's objective is to ensure, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilisation of southern bluefin tuna.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an independent not for profit organisation which sets a standard for sustainable fishing. The MSC Fisheries Standard is used to assess if a fishery is well-managed and sustainable. The Standard reflects the most up-to-date understanding of internationally accepted fisheries science and management.

There is a requirement that Southern Bluefin Tuna stock is “at least an 80% probability that the true status of the stock is higher than the point at which there is an appreciable risk of recruitment being impaired” (MSC Standard SA2.2.1.1 and SA2.2.1.2). Currently the CCSBT MP is tuned to a 70% probability of rebuilding the stock to the interim rebuilding target reference point of 20% of the original spawning stock biomass by 2035, which does not meet the MSC Standards.

This investment will support a report detailing how the current CCSBT Management Procedure can address MSC standards and will provide data and analysis to meet the current requirements.

Project date

5 Aug 2021-13 Oct 2021
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Principal investigator

Brian Jeffriess

Research organisation

Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association

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