2.4 Supply Chain Transparency, Audit, Reporting and Purchase Requirements Processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry shall:
Gear Type: All Adopted: October 17, 2017
Amended: May 31, 2018
Amended: October 24, 2018
Amended: March 27, 2019
Amended: October 23, 2019
Effective: January 31, 2020
1. For purchases from fish trading organizations that trade 10,000 tons or more of tuna annually (not directly from fishing vessels), purchase all round; gilled and gutted; or headed, gilled and gutted albacore, skipjack, yellowfin and/or bigeye tuna from:
  1. ISSF Participating Companies;  or
  2. Companies designated by ISSF as Data Check Companies that have a published compliance audit report with respect to ISSF Conservation Measures 2.2, 1.1, 4.1, 4.2, and 5.1, as determined and reported by the ISSF external auditor on or before January 31, 2020, and subsequently become ISSF Participating Companies on or before December 31, 2022.

2. If purchasing from processing organizations that purchase and process more than 12,500 round tons per year, purchase all frozen loins or processed, shelf-stable, canned or pouched products of albacore, skipjack, yellowfin and/or bigeye tuna from:

  1. ISSF Participating Companies; or
  2. Companies designated by ISSF as Data Check Companies that have a published compliance audit report with respect to ISSF Conservation Measure 2.2, 1.1, 4.1, 4.2, and 5.1, as determined and reported by the ISSF external auditor on or before January 31, 2020, and subsequently become ISSF Participating Companies on or before December 31, 2022.

3. ISSF Participating Companies will be exempt from compliance with this measure until December 31, 2022, if they publish by January 31, 2020, and annually thereafter:

  1. The percentage of their purchases (measured in round ton equivalents) for each of the following Fishery Source categories:
    • MSC-certified fisheries eligible to use the MSC label
    • Comprehensive FIPs listed on FisheryProgress.org scoring A, B or C or in their initial listing on Fisheryprogress.org
    • Comprehensive FIPs listed on FisheryProgress.org scoring D or E
    • None of the above
  2. The percentage of their purchases (measured in round ton equivalents) for each of the following Supplier Source categories:
    • ISSF participating companies
    • Data Check Companies
    • Direct from vessels
    • None of the above
  3. A statement of intent to decrease purchases from the “none of the above” categories in 3(a) and (b) above.

General Provisions

  1. The classification of a “Data Check Company” is available to processors, marketers, and traders of tuna. 
  2. The “Data Check Company” classification is not available for any company that is an ISSF Participating Company on December 31, 2019.

Terms and Conditions
A company seeking to be classified as a “Data Check Company” for the purposes of ISSF CM 2.4 must make a written request to ISSF in which it agrees to the following terms:

  1. Data Check Companies must submit data for all tuna purchases following the requirements of ISSF CM 2.2.
  2. Data Check Companies must undergo annual audits by the ISSF external auditor for their compliance with ISSF CMs 2.2, 1.1, 4.1, 4.2, and 5.1 using the same audit protocol that is applied to ISSF Participating Companies for Conservation Measure 2.2, and for the other CMs, from this data. A processor or trader in the IATTC convention area will not need to undergo an annual audit for compliance with ISSF CM 2.2 if it provides evidence of quarterly data submission to IATTC.
  3. An initial compliance audit will be conducted by the ISSF external auditor after two quarters of data reporting and continually annually thereafter.
  4. The audit reports of Data Check Companies will be made public on the ISSF website and must develop a remediation plan for any major non-conformances reported to retain Data Check Company status.
  5. Data Check Companies are required to pay a fee of $5000, determined by the ISSF Board of Directors and subject to annual review, in order to cover the audit costs.
  6. Failure to pay the fee within 60 days of invoice receipt will result in loss of Data Check Company status.