ISSF Conservation Measures | Table of Contents & Preamble

ISSF is a global partnership among scientists, the tuna industry and the environmental non-governmental community whose mission is to undertake science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. Since its inception, ISSF has adopted conservation measures and commitments to facilitate this mission with the intent that processors, traders, importers, transporters and others involved in the seafood industry will follow them to facilitate real and continuous improvement across global tuna stocks. ISSF Participating Companies commit to conform to these conservation measures to improve the long-term health of tuna fisheries. This document will be updated as necessary.

1. RFMO Support

1.1 Tuna RFMO Authorized Vessel Record
1.2 RFMO Participation

2. Traceability & Data Collection

2.1 Product Traceability
2.2 Quarterly Data Submission to RFMO

3. Bycatch Mitigation

3.1 Sharks
3.2 Large-Scale Pelagic Driftnets Prohibition
3.3 Full Retention of Tunas – Purse Seine Vessels
3.4 Skipper Best Practices

4. Monitoring, Control and Surveillance

4.1 Unique Vessel Identifiers – IMO
4.2 Purse Seine Unique Vessel Identifiers
4.3 Observer Coverage
4.4 Transshipment

5. IUU

5.1 Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing
5.2 Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Product Response

6. Capacity

6.1 Transaction Ban for Large-Scale Purse-Seine Vessels not Actively Fishing for Tuna as of December 31, 2012
6.2 (a) Requirements for Inclusion in Record of Large-Scale Purse Seine Vessels Fishing For Tropical Tunas

7. ProActive Vessel Register

7.1 Registration of Controlled Vessels
7.2 Threshold Requirement for PVR Listing
7.3 Purchases from PVR Vessels

8. Miscellaneous

8.1 Exemption for Very Small Purse Seine Vessels