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 MSC certification standard — have always been complementary to fisheries improvement projects or Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) work.

New to our Strategic Plan is a formalized focus on FIPs. As such, 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.

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Delivering Resources for FIPs

At each stage of a fishery improvement project, ISSF can provide strategic recommendations and practical tools.

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