“In my 35 years as a fisheries scientist and policy expert, I’ve come to believe that every discussion somehow revolves around transparency. In science, for example, what information underlies our analyses? In policy, how can people trust our decisions and their effectiveness? And, as consultants to non-governmental and international organizations, government and industry, how can we build support for needed actions? It all turns on openness and honesty.”
Andrew Rosenberg, Director, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists and Member, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee, recently contributed to ISSF’s annual report Staying the Course.
Social Responsibility & Sustainable Seafood
“To help prevent labor, health, and safety abuses in fishing, ISSF, FishWise, and other NGOs are collaborating with seafood companies, retailers, RFMOs, governments, and international agencies, with a focus on improving seafood traceability and fostering greater transparency in the supply chain. Every seafood-focused organization, whether a company, NGO, or standard-holder, has a role to play.
Last fall, ISSF took a decisive step, establishing a new conservation measure (CM) in October 2020 that asks each ISSF participating company to develop public policies on social and labor standards for itself and the vessels and production facilities in its supply chain.”
ISSF expects the tuna industry to demonstrate and deepen its commitment to sustainable fishing and responsible seafood sourcing. From bycatch mitigation to product traceability, each ISSF participating company has committed to comply with ISSF conservation measures and other commitments designed to drive positive change—and to do so transparently through third-party audits.
And tuna vessels of all gear types can join our ProActive Register (PVR), an online database, and be audited on their compliance with select ISSF sustainability measures. In 2020, ISSF introduced a new tool for verified transparency with the release of its “Vessels in Other Sustainability Initiatives (VOSI)” list—a first-of-its-kind searchable, online list of vessels worldwide that are fishing in a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified tuna fishery and/or participating in a tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP).
ISSF Conservation Measures
An infographic shows each ISSF conservation measure in each category — amended as well as new measures — as of May 2021.
Participating Company Compliance Over Time
Our “Change Over Time” graphic tracks the percentage of ISSF participating companies that are in conformance, minor non-conformance, or major non-conformance with ISSF conservation measures. This graphic tracks compliance based on data published in the ISSF Annual Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report (April 2021).