Fighting Illegal Fishing
Fishing activities that are illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) can harm fish stocks and undermine management efforts and responsible fishers. The gravity and complexity of this matter demand that we tackle it from multiple angles.
DATA & SCIENCE
While data are limited, science tells us UNTRACKED VESSELS have substantial impact on fisheries health
Stakeholders ELEVATE IUU issues, tools, and policy solutions to policymakers and enforcement bodies
Tuna RFMOs now require UVIs; the number of vessels with UVIs INCREASED ~80% since 2011
16There are 16 ISSF Conservation Measures that are catalysts for industry action against IUU activities, from product traceability to transshipment, and more.
Eliminate IUU fishing
To further strengthen the fight against illegal fishing, 100% observer coverage — human or electronic — across all gears and tuna fisheries.
ISSF is working to wipe out IUU fishing
with a multi-pronged approach
Tuna Companies Worldwide that process or market tuna commit to conform to and be audited on ISSF Conservation Measures, including those on traceability, data collection and transshipment, among many others that deter IUU activities.
Requiring transactions ONLY with vessels that meet requirements:
ISSF scientific research and advocacy guide outreach to RFMOs and governments.
Technical advice on best practices for monitoring, control and surveillance in tuna fisheries — for example, electronic monitoring system (EMS) pilot projects and workshops
Recommendations on effective RFMO governance, science-based decision-making, data collection, monitoring, enforcement and compliance mechanisms
Scientific research reports, including on best practices for managing vessel records, supply vessels, vessel monitoring systems (VMS), and observer programs
The ISSF multi-pronged approach is paying off.
Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS)
Note: This includes all RFMO conservation measures/decisions on electronic monitoring and reporting, port state measures, IMO numbers, observer safety, compliance reform, performance review, access or charter transparency, electronic catch data systems, and penalties for no data.