Conservation International Announces New Efforts to Scale Development of Legal Initiatives That Drive Holistic Improvements in Pacific Tuna Fisheries

Jurisdictional initiatives are place-based efforts in key food-producing regions that use policy and market-based approaches to achieve improvements at scale. These initiatives use public sector reform and private sector transformation to achieve positive environmental, social and economic outcomes in priority fisheries and aquaculture areas.

“Jurisdictional initiatives can be very effective in aligning incentives between governments, local communities and private sector groups and mobilizing their collective action toward a shared vision for sustainable fish production,” said Pablo Obregon, formerly Sustainable Tuna Program Director at Conservation. International and recently joined the World Wildlife Fund as Director of Western Pacific Seascapes. “Building on the successes we have had in applying these approaches to terrestrial commodities, we are pleased to see governments, civil society and international retailers increasingly prioritizing jurisdictional initiatives to drive holistic improvements in seafood production to achieve on a large scale.”

The new initiative will support Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s goal to help protect, more sustainably manage or restore at least 1 million square kilometers of ocean by 2030. “We are pleased to support CI in developing jurisdictional initiatives that promote regenerative practices, integrate conservation and restoration, are aligned with local stakeholder goals, and deliver positive environmental, social and economic impacts,” said Julie Gehrki , vice president of the Walmart Foundation.

Given the relatively new nature of jurisdictional seafood initiatives, additional guidance is needed to enable public and private sector personnel to contribute effectively to these efforts. In response to this need, Conservation International and the World Wildlife Fund recently released a set of guidelines to accelerate the development and implementation of jurisdictional initiatives for the fishing industry. The guidelines outline a recommended approach for achieving positive environmental, social and economic outcomes in a way that balances seafood production, ocean protection and human well-being. They include tailored recommendations for key stakeholders needed to establish a robust, successful jurisdictional fisheries initiative, including step-by-step guidance for:

  • project developers to effectively reach, co-design and implement jurisdictional initiatives across their production geography;
  • government agencies participate in co-designing and implementing jurisdictional initiatives; And
  • importers, brands and end customers of seafood to support jurisdictional initiatives in their own supply chains and engage with producers involved in relevant place-based improvement projects.

“These guidance documents will be critical in supporting the development and implementation of jurisdictional seafood initiatives through a standardized approach,” said Julie Gehrki, vice president of the Walmart Foundation, which funded the creation of the guidelines .

Conservation International, the World Wildlife Fund and partners will leverage these newly developed resource efforts to scale up jurisdictional initiatives for various seafood products, including tuna and shrimp.

About Conversation International: About Conservation International: Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork and finance, we draw attention to and protect the most important places in nature for the climate, for biodiversity and for humans. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International works with governments, businesses, civil society, indigenous peoples and local communities to help people and nature thrive together. Visit for more information and follow our work on Conservation News, Facebook,TweetTikTok, Instagram and YouTube.

About the World Wildlife Fund: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working for more than half a century in nearly 100 countries to help people and nature thrive. With the support of more than 5 million members worldwide, WWF is committed to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt environmental degradation and combat the climate crisis . Visit for more information and stay up to date with the latest conservation news by following@WWFNewson Twitter and sign up for our newsletter and news alerts here.

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