ISSF Participating Companies are members of the International Seafood Sustainability Association (ISSA). All Members of International Seafood Sustainability Trade Association, Inc. (“ISSA”) are obligated to comply with the ISSA Bylaws. ISSA’s Bylaws provide as a sufficient cause for suspension or expulsion from Membership “failure to adhere to the seafood sustainability standards as promulgated by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation” (Section 3.13.2(c)). To maintain the legitimacy of ISSA and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (“ISSF”), frequent and comprehensive reviews shall be undertaken by ISSF staff and consultants to assure compliance with ISSF sustainability standards.
The operative paragraphs of all ISSF Board of Directors approved resolutions have been translated and are available for download. You can access these documents in English, Spanish, Chinese (simplified & traditional), Korean, French and Japanese.
This document details specific ISSF Board resolutions and conservation measures.
Company Compliance: Audit Protocol & Standard Operating Procedures
To support tuna stock and tuna ecosystem sustainability, ISSF Participating Companies (PC) have agreed to meet a number conservation measures and commitments designed to improve the long-term health of tuna fisheries. The document available in the link below describes the protocol for the auditing of company compliance with ISSF conservation measures and commitments.
Companies are obliged to respond fully, accurately and in a timely manner to all reasonable requests made in the course of the reviews. Companies must provide appropriate supporting documents, data or other support. Appropriate confidentiality obligations will be established and observed by ISSF staff and the consultant(s). The independent auditor will provide a report on each company’s participation and cooperation in the audit process.
ISSF Resolution 09-03 was passed to support the tuna RFMO scientists to ensure that their findings and the data underlying them are as accurate and complete as possible. To this end, we call on processors, traders and importers to provide data that is within their control directly to the RFMO scientific bodies by the end of the month following each calendar quarter.
ProActive Vessel Register (PVR)
The PVR is an innovative and effective way for vessel owners to highlight meaningful sustainability efforts. The database verifies the positive steps vessels take in order to improve responsible practices in tuna fishing.