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In August 2010, individuals from diverse fields such as sociology, economics, banking and film-making gathered with representatives from each segment of the tuna supply chain to generate new ideas and approaches to reform tuna management and that would help raise revenues towards this purpose in the Coral Triangle.

When        August 31, Sept 1-2, 2010
Where       Bilderberg Hotel Klein, Kleinswitserlandlaan 5, 6866, DS Heelsum Arnheim, The Netherlands

Why a new approach to tuna fisheries management?

Much of the economic value of tuna spawned in the Coral Triangle leaks away, the generated benefits remaining outside the region—typically with distant water fishing nations and foreign seafood markets.

Meanwhile, current management systems used by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations is in need of major reforms.

The time is right for a new approach to tuna management – one that addresses investment, economic, ecological and social equity challenges and delivers a model that is fit for the 21st century.

Goals of the Tuna Think Tank

Develop new, additional and alternative management models for tuna and its associated fisheries in the Coral Triangle that:
  • improve and sustain the health of tuna fisheries
  • channel a portion of tuna’s economic and cash value back to the region to support healthy tuna stocks and sustainable management

WWF and Wageningen University are partners in hosting the Tuna Think Tank. For more information, please contact Dr Lida Pet Soede (WWF Coral Triangle programme leader) or Dr Jose Ingles (WWF Coral Triangle Tuna Strategy).

What happens next?

At the end of the 3-day event, we have compiled a range of new ideas, approaches and prototypes to reform tuna management and help raise revenues to support conservation and management of tuna in the Coral Triangle (please download the report on the right for full details).

WWF is now consulting with regional stakeholders and liaising with interested groups for prototype testing.
Yellow fin tuna in fish market/Philippines

© Juergen Freund/WWF

Tuna Think Tank resources

Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean
Sylvia Earle's TED Prize wish to protect our oceans

Want to protect tuna?

Then check out our seafood guides to make sure you eat only fish that is not under threat in the wild.

Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares). The world’s tuna fisheries are worth around US$5.8 billion per year.
© Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares). The world’s tuna fisheries are worth around US$5.8 billion per year. © WWF / Hélène PETIT