To assist tuna Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), including those focused on Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fishery certification, ISSF offers many resources.

ISSF is the only NGO worldwide focused primarily on tuna-fishery sustainability.

Our resources for fishery improvement projects include two categories of support:

  • Technical services, such as consultations, workshops, and customized recommendations, including scientific and policy guidance from ISSF experts
  • Online resources, including databases, reports, best-practice guides, and advocacy statements

Explore our FIP resources that relate to MSC principles and performance indicators (PIs), and see our FIPs FAQs. We encourage FIP participants and stakeholders to contact us with FIP questions or requests.

ISSF Support and the FIP Process

ISSF support is intended to complement — not replace — the assistance that other NGOs and stakeholders are providing to tuna FIPs. This graphic shows the process for FIPs aimed at MSC certification.

ISSF resources can help stakeholders at different stages of the fishery improvement project process.

Whether you’re just contemplating a FIP or are well along in the process, we can support your FIP activities in many ways. Much of what we offer is relevant for handline, pole-and-line, longline, and purse seine fisheries of every scale, anywhere in the world.

ISSF is the only organization worldwide focused primarily on tuna sustainability. We have unique resources for tuna FIPs, including:

We also offer deep scientific and policy expertise and have relationships across the seafood sustainability spectrum.

But ISSF does not fund, manage, organize, coordinate, or govern fishery improvement projects. We also do not author FIP workplans. You can find workplan templates and other useful tools, however, on FisheryProgress.org

ISSF Resources and MSC Performance Indicators

A practical way to consider the FIP resources that ISSF offers is by the MSC Performance Indicator(s) (PIs) they relate to:

  • The graphic on the left shows MSC Principles and the Performance Indicators under each. A FIP may be targeting improvement in certain PIs on the path to MSC certification.
  • The graphic on the right is a sample page from our PDF that shows ISSF FIP resources mapped to MSC Principles 1, 2, and 3.  Download the PDF. 
  • We’re developing an interactive tool to help you quickly match your FIP needs, based on MSC Performance Indicators, to ISSF resources.