our five-year plan:

Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries

PREVIEWING THE  ISSF 2018–2022 STRATEGIC PLAN

Fisheries Improvement

Our tools and resources — because they help us reach our ultimate objective regarding the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification standard — have always been complementary to fisheries improvement work or Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs).

New to our Strategic Plan is a formalized focus on FIPs. ISSF will:

  • Provide science-based guidance and advocacy support as a stakeholder in FIPs that seek to achieve MSC certification standards.

  • Provide support and tools to tuna fisheries that are MSC-certified with conditions so they may close those conditions.

  • Provide FIPs that seek to meet MSC certification standards with science-based guidance, data and tools, as well as advocacy support at the RFMO and national levels, to support the implementation of FIP work plans.

  • Make available ISSF verification tools to all tuna fisheries, including tools for participating company traceability and vessel best practices, so they may transparently demonstrate progress.

To learn more, explore the Fisheries Improvement section of the main ISSF website, and contact us with FIP questions and requests.

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Delivering Resources for FIPs

At each stage of a fishery improvement project, ISSF can provide strategic recommendations and practical tools. See our ISSF FIP Resources Page for details on the type of support we offer.

These graphics show the relationship between MSC’s three Principles and some of our supporting resources. To help fisheries and FIP stakeholders easily see which ISSF resources may be useful for them, based on their specific issues and goals, we’re developing an interactive tool.

FIP Work Plan Activity ¹

Issue the FIP
is Addressing:

STOCK STATUS (P1) and EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT (P3)

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Advocacy & Outreach:
Contact national governments & be part of RFMO delegations to urge adoption, implementation of harvest strategies and of measures, practices to improve RFMO management frameworks.

Direct Action: Provide proposals for specific work plans or rebuilding plans and for best practice RFMO governance reform, compliance assessment and MCS tools.

Data Gaps: Evaluate gaps that vessels can fill and develop programs to do so.

Capacity Building: Seek partners to enhance understanding and implementation of harvest strategies.

Best Practices Implementation:

  • Support requirements for onboard implementation of best practices and verification of use.

  • Seek partners to strengthen implementation of best practices.

ISSF Resources for FIPs

Advocacy & Outreach
  • Proposal/advocacy strategy assistance

  • National government outreach support

  • Coordination with NGOs and MSC certified fisheries

Stock Status/Harvest Strategy/Scientific Resources
ISSF Conservation Measures & Company Audits
  • ISSF Conservation Measures on shark finning, shark and sea turtle best practices, full tuna retention, skippers workshops, NE FADs, etc.

  • All ISSF Conservation Measures verified through annual Company Audits.

Assistance for Data Gaps
  • Collaborative study of tropical tuna CPUE from Indian Ocean longline fleets to improve stock assessments.

  • Trials of electronic observer reports and electronic logbooks for purse seine & longline vessels, and guidance for EMS on purse seine vessels.

  • Observer data harmonization workshops for longline & purse seine fisheries.

  • ISSF advocacy for FAD data collection and submission to RFMOs, and FAD logbooks.

  • ISSF Conservation Measures on RFMO data.

Technical Exchange/Capacity Building Assistance

¹ These activities are summarized from existing tuna FIPs.

FIP Work Plan Activity

Issue the FIP
is Addressing:

BYCATCH REDUCTIONS & ECOSYSTEM IMPACTS (P2)

Advocacy & Outreach:
Contact national governments, be part of RFMO delegations to urge data collection, increased observer coverage, EM/ER, effective ETP measures.

Direct Action in Scientific Research: Participate in on-the-water research; Propose minimum standards for data collection, observer coverage (EM/ER) and bycatch mitigation.

Data Gaps: Evaluate gaps that vessels can fill and develop programs to do so and disseminate results.

Best Practices Implementation: Support requirements for onboard implementation of best practices, and verification of use; Seek partners to strengthen best practice implementation.

ISSF Resources for FIPs

Advocacy & Outreach
  • Proposal/advocacy strategy assistance (ISSF RFMO Position Statements and RFMO advocacy letters include specific asks on bycatch, RFMO governance & MCS tools — all supported by ISSF Technical Papers and Workshop Reports.)

  • National government outreach support (e.g., key points and resources to support participation on RFMO delegations).

  • Coordination with NGOs and MSC certified fisheries (ISSF hosts calls before each tuna RFMO meeting).

Stock Status/Harvest Strategy/Scientific Resources
  • Trials of electronic observer reports and electronic logbooks for vessels, and guidance for EMS on purse seine vessels.

  • Data harmonization workshops

  • Advocacy for FAD data collection and submission to RFMOs, provision of buoy tracks, FAD logbooks.

  • ISSF Conservation Measures on RFMO data

ISSF Conservation Measures & Company Audits
Technical Exchange/Capacity Building Assistance