An 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.
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Best practices recommended in the report are geared specifically towards purse-seine fisheries pursuing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. In Recommended Best Practices, ISSF marine scientists Ana Justel-Rubio and Dr. Victor Restrepo reference requirements from regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and present best practices gleaned from ISSF at-sea research, skippers workshops, and other resources.
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.