Marine Biodiversity, Conservation and Global Change
Please join the SIO Summer Class, Marine Biodiversity, Conservation and Global Change, for a one-day symposium on the the history and management of the tuna-dolphin complex in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.
As fishermen have long known, tuna and dolphins in the Eastern Tropical Pacific move together. This important and consistent relationship has allowed fishermen to identify and set on schools of mature tuna and dolphins with large purse seine nets. In response to public outcry over high dolphin mortality, the U.S. and other nations responded with a suite of measures designed to minimize dolphin bycatch, including the back-down procedures used today. Another element of the response strategy included the creation of a U.S. regulated “dolphin-safe” ecolabel. Today, that ecolabel is the subject of an international trade dispute between the U.S. and Mexico—with Mexico claiming, and the World Trade Organization agreeing, that the U.S. label was an unfair trade barrier.
In this one-day symposium, we will explore the history of the fishery, the management measures adopted to improve it, and the future of the tuna and dolphin in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.