27 ISSF Participating Companies Remediate All Major Non-Conformances from Previous Reporting Period
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its Update to ISSF Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report, which shows a conformance rate of 99 percent by 27 ISSF participating companies with all 22 ISSF conservation measures in effect as of October 1, 2017.
As part of its commitment to transparency and accountability, ISSF engages third-party auditor MRAG Americas to assess ISSF Participating Companies’ compliance with ISSF’s conservation measures according to a rigorous audit protocol.ISSF participating companies achieved a 99% conformance rate with #conservation measures. Download our new compliance report for details. Click To Tweet
The November 2018 report is based on updates to the initial annual audit results published in June 2018, wherein some companies had “minor” or “major” nonconformance. Improvements noted since the June 2018 ISSF Annual Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report include:
- 21 companies were fully compliant with all 22 measures audited, an improvement from 16 fully compliant companies in the June 2018 annual report.
- Three of the conservation measures had minor non-conformances, an improvement from six with minor non-conformances in June 2018.
- The June 2018 ISSF Annual Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report showed that four companies had at least one major non-conformance, with a total of five major non-conformances found. As of November 2018, all major non-conformances had been remediated.
The rate of full conformance for each reporting period is reflected below:
|Annual compliance report||Update to annual compliance report|
|June 2015: 79.8 percent||No Update report published in 2015|
|June 2016: 87.2 percent||November 2016: 95.6 percent|
|May 2017: 97.5 percent||November 2017: 100 percent|
|June 2018: 97 percent||November 2018: 99 percent|
“The transparent and independent auditing process these companies volunteer to undergo builds a foundation of accountability that makes our conservation measures effective, and helps to hold other industry players to high standards,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson. “ISSF participating companies make sustainability a part of their business operations by individually committing to conservation measures, accelerating continuous improvement for the world’s tuna fisheries.”
The Update to ISSF Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report is published annually in November to track ISSF participating companies’ progress in conforming with ISSF conservation measures like these:
- Tracing tuna products by fishing and shipment vessels, fishing trip dates, fish species, ocean, and other factors.
- Establishing and publishing policies to prohibit shark finning and avoiding transactions with vessels that carry out shark finning.
- Conducting transactions only with purse seine vessels whose skippers have received science-based information from ISSF on best practices such as reducing bycatch.
- Avoiding transactions with vessels that are on an RFMO Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fishing list.
In addition to the summary compliance reports published in June and November, MRAG Americas issues individual ISSF participating company reports that detail their compliance with conservation measures. These include “update” reports, published throughout the year, that explain how individual companies have remediated any non-conformance on the conservation measures; you can view these reports here.
More Information about ISSF Conservation Measures & Compliance
For long-term tuna sustainability, tuna companies worldwide are choosing to participate with ISSF, follow responsible fishing practices, and implement science-based conservation measures. From bycatch mitigation to product traceability, ISSF participating companies have committed to conforming to a set of conservation measures and other commitments designed to drive positive change — and to do so transparently through third-party audits.
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.