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Tools for Change: How ISSF is helping to improve tuna fisheries

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Tools for Change: How ISSF is helping to improve tuna fisheries

ProActive Vessel Register is up and running

ISSF has launched the ProActive Vessel Register, an innovative and effective way for vessel owners to identify themselves as active participants in meaningful sustainability efforts. For processors and retailers, the PVR will be a resource for sourcing tuna that meets their sustainability standards.

Housed on the ISSF website, the ProActive Vessel Register (PVR) is a database of validated vessel information and the vessel’s compliance, or noncompliance, with ISSF Conservation Measures, commitments and best practices to improve the sustainability of tuna fishing.

The PVR is for all vessel gears and can be sorted and searched by name, year of construction, gear, flag, IMO, RFMO or any of the identified practices.

Click here to access the ProActive Vessel Register.

PVR iPads Shipped to Ships!

This ISSF has already shipped over three-dozen iPads to PVR vessels loaded with two important tools.


FADTrack is an electronic FAD Logbook. An iPad app, FADTrack is simple to use but contains some powerful capabilities. Skippers on PVR vessels can use FADtrack’s drop-down menus and built-in GPS to describe their FADs, document their location and record FAD fishing activities. When they return to port FADTrack will compile their data into a data file and they can submit all FAD data collected during their fishing trip to the RFMO scientific bodies in their region. The data the Skippers will be collecting about FADs usage is needed by RFMO scientists so that they can create and implement effective FAD management recommendations and plans.

The FADTrack app makes collecting FAD data easy and efficient and using FADTrack satisfies an ISSF Conservation Measure, which means that ISSF participating companies will be able to transact business with these vessels when this measure is in force in 2013.

Skippers’ Guidebook to Sustainable Fishing Practices

Created as an iBook, the Skippers’ Guidebook is loaded with videos, interactive galleries and quizzes, and delivers the most current best practices in FAD construction, bycatch mitigation, bycatch handling and release in a dynamic and engaging format.

The Skippers’ Guidebook is divided into four chapters:

  • Chapter 1, Introduction: introduces ISSF mission and approach, provides an overview of ISSF’s ongoing activities and lists the ISSF participating companies
  • Chapter 2, FADs: outlines the major issues with FAD fishing, provides guidance on best practices, and reviews FADtrack
  • Chapter 3, Bycatch Mitigation and Handling: provides background on bycatch species, summarizes best practices for avoiding bycatch and details techniques for the safe handling and release of bycatch
  • Chapter 4, Fishery Management: summarizes the major organizations (RFMOs) responsible for tuna fishery management, outlines what vessels need to do to comply with RFMO obligations and identifies the ISSF Commitments that apply to vessels

The current Skippers’ Guidebook is primarily for FAD construction, bycatch mitigation and bycatch handling and release on purse seine vessels. A version for longline vessels is being developed and will be available soon.

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