March 2009 ISSF launched
Scientists, 8 tuna companies, and World Wildlife Fund form partnership for tuna conservation and bycatch reduction

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1st Conservation Measures 2.2 Quarterly Data Submission to RFMOs & 5.1 Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Read More
2009 1st Status of the Stocks Report
2009 1st technical report
Report examines excess fishing capacity in tuna fisheries – and its conservation impacts – arguing for coordinated RFMO efforts to manage it
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November 2009 Bycatch mitigation meeting
ISSF convenes fishers from all RFMO regions to study FAD use
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December 2009 E News
Weekly e-newsletter shares ISSF reports, events, and other updates
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May 2010 IUU Conservation Measures
Measures 1.1 and 4.1 adopted to help eliminate illegal fishing through authorized vessel record and unique vessel identifier (IMO number) approaches

2011 1st research cruise
Scientists in Eastern Pacific Ocean study FAD design and fish behavior at FADs
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June 2011 Fisher best practices conservation measure
Measure 3.4 addresses skipper workshop attendance for bycatch-mitigation education

Observer coverage conservation measure
Measure 4.3(a)
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2011 1st stock assessment workshop
2011 Cordoba Conference
Stakeholders discuss property rights allocation and use rights in tuna management
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2012 1st electronic monitoring system test
ISSF research cruise in Western Indian Ocean tests EMS on purse seiner

Pacific research cruise
2012 ISSF Guide to Non-entangling FADs
1st purse-seine “snapshot” report
Report provides data for addressing fishing capacity, including to define “large-scale purse seiner” and identify fishing members


January 2013 Sustainable Fishery Agreements: Strategies for Enforcement and Compliance
Workshop covers compliance and enforcement in the context of rights-based management in multilateral tuna fisheries
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February 2013 1st "P1-P3" report
Report evaluates tuna stocks against Marine Stewardship Council Principles 1 and 3 (stock status and management effectiveness, respectively)

2013 Common Oceans project
HCR and reference points workshop
Workshop examines how RFMOs use monitoring, stock assessments, harvest control rules, reference points, and management actions to make decisions
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2013 Western Pacific research cruise
Scientists study tuna behavior around FADs
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Harvest strategies ISSF establishes developing harvest strategies as global priority for RFMO outreach
1st joint NGO advocacy letter
To WCPFC on RFMO meeting transparency
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2014 1st RFMO "best practices" reports
Reports offer recommendations to RFMOs on vessel monitoring systems, transshipment, combatting illegal fishing, and observer programs

March 2014 Capacity transfer workshop
Outcomes of prior capacity management workshops recognized that the issue of capacity transfers is fundamental and a means of accommodating coastal states’ rights, which led ISSF to convene the first workshop to discuss the issue
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2014 Electronic reporting pilots ISSF funds ER pilots in WCPO, world’s largest tuna fishing region
2015 All major tropical tuna RFMOs adopt measures to require UVIs
Percentage of large scale purse seine vessels with publicly available IMO numbers increases to 90 percent, up from 12 percent in 2011
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Nearly 30 global retailers and food service providers reference ISSF in their procurement policies
Companies include requirements re: ISSF participating companies, ISSF conservation measures, and/or the ISSF PVR

2015 1st compliance report
First aggregate ISSF participating company compliance report published
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ICCAT non-entangling FAD measure
ICCAT cites ISSF Guide to Non-Entangling FADs in decision to adopt measures requiring non-entangling FADs
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EM/ER advocacy
Position statements urge all RFMOs to adopt electronic monitoring/electronic (EM/ER) reporting measures
2015 Electronic monitoring field tests
Ghanaian purse seine vessels begin field test of electronic monitoring systems (EMS) in Common Oceans/ABNJ Tuna Project, with ISSF partnership
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Skippers Workshops participation
1,100+ skippers and crew attend best-practice bycatch-mitigation workshops to date

Associate Participating Companies
ISSF establishes Associate Participating Company level for companies with less than $50 million in tuna revenues; number of ISSF participating companies reaches 31
2016 Gear types on PVR
Biodegradable FAD workshop
Fishers and scientists brainstorm FAD designs made with natural materials to reduce marine pollution from fishing
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May 2016 Individual company compliance reports
Compliance reports are published on each participating company’s conformance with conservation measures
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2016 Non-entangling FAD conservation measure
Measure 3.5 asks participating companies to conduct business only with purse-seine vessels that have a public non-entangling FAD policy
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RFMO joint letters
Multi-sector partners co-sign ISSF joint letters to each RFMO urging progress on harvest control rules
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IOTC skipjack HCR
November 2017 100% company conformance
2017 83 joint letter co-signers
Record-high number of NGOs, participating companies, tuna processors and importers, industry associations, retailers, and food service companies co-sign ISSF joint letter to RFMOs
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2017 NGO Tuna Forum
ISSF joins new initiative bringing together a diverse group of global NGOs engaged in tuna conservation

Supply & Tender Vessel conservation measure
New measure 7.4 calls for tuna companies to register supply-and-tender vessels on the ProActive Vessel Register
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2018 RFMO Non-entangling FAD Measures
IATTC and WCPFC join IOTC and ICCAT in incorporating non-entangling FAD designs – based on ISSF Guide to Non-Entangling FADs – in their conservation measures

Retailer procurement policies
42 global retailers and food service providers reference ISSF requirements in their seafood procurement policies

Interactive stock status tool
Interactive data visualization tool, based on Status of the Stocks report on tuna stock health and catch
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2018 Biodegradable FADs & FAD retrieval
FIP Resources Finder
Tool for fishery improvement project stakeholders matches ISSF resources to Marine Stewardship Council Performance Indicators fisheries are targeting
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RFMO Best Practice Snapshots updated
8 snapshots -- first released in 2018 and based on papers submitted to RFMOs -- inform NGOs and ISSF policy
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2019
PVR vessel registrations
ProActive Vessel Register reaches record-high 1,146 vessels, with increase in longline listings
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NGO Tuna Forum guides
ISSF and other NGO Tuna Forum members publish best practices for FAD Management and At-sea Transshipment
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22 Conservation Measures
Conservation measures for participating companies span RFMO vessel registration to longline vessel tuna purchases
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ISSF Seafood Sustainability Contest
Marine science graduate students and postdoctoral researchers invited to submit ideas for bycatch reduction and ecosystem protection
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