A recently released ISSF report outlines recommended best practices for tuna longline fisheries participating or preparing to participate in fishery improvement projects (FIPs) with the objective of achieving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. The recommended practices were created specifically with MSC Fishery Certification Requirements in mind.
Entering FIPs has become an approach to managing challenges that may prevent certain fisheries from achieving MSC certification, including longline fisheries that target tunas like albacore, bigeye, and yellowfin. The report identifies sound practices for longline fisheries that are engaged in FIPs, as well as practices useful for certified longline fisheries seeking to close MSC conditions.
ISSF launched the FIP Resources Finder as an online tool for fisheries that matches more than 200 ISSF reports, guidebooks, and other resources to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Principles and Performance Indicators (PIs).
The Finder is designed for tuna fishery improvement projects (FIPs) seeking information and support to address issues in fisheries, earn passing scores on MSC PIs, to achieve MSC fishery certification and ultimately to close conditions in a certified fishery.
A fishery improvement project is a multi-stakeholder effort to address environmental challenges in a fishery. The ISSF tool is also designed for use by fisheries undergoing pre-assessments against the MSC Fisheries Standard.
About the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — the world’s leading conservation organization — promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. Helping global tuna fisheries meet sustainability criteria to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard — without conditions — is ISSF's ultimate objective. To learn more, visit iss-foundation.org, and follow ISSF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.