Our main work on this trip has been exploring the South Pacific albacore tuna fisheries. With less than 1% of fishing activity on longliners witnessed by independent observers in the region, it really is a fishery with very little regulation.
We found fishing vessels with the help of researchers on land, helicopter flights and other at sea monitoring. We called these ships by radio, were invited aboard, reviewed catch and ship logs, opened up freezers, documented fishing practices, working and living conditions.
The information we gained will help us understand what rules are really working out here, what more is needed, and help pressure both governments and corporations to take the next steps.
This is our eighth expedition to the Pacific tuna fishing grounds, but the first time we’ve ... Read more >