RFMOs set catch and fishing limits, technical measures, and control obligations – these are binding for their members. Some bodies manage all stocks, while some focus mainly on tuna and other highly migratory fishes.There are 6 tuna RFMOs and 11 non-tuna RFMOs – some of which have overlapping areas. The Shark Trust contributes to the following, where we have ‘Observer’ status allowing us to engage in meetings at the following:
And we contribute through our partner organisations at:
We advocate for sharks and push for science-based management of high-seas fisheries through Regional Fisheries Management Bodies (RFMOs).