Many tuna fisheries have begun to enter fishery improvement projects (FIPs) to address the problems that would prevent them from achieving or maintaining Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. This includes longline fisheries that target tunas such as albacore, bigeye and yellowfin. ISSF and other NGOs have put together lists of the elements that they consider to be most important for effective management of longline tuna fisheries. A new paper emphasizes the most important and common weaknesses identified in longline tuna FIP action plans against ISSF´s technical report on Recommended Best Practices for Longline Fisheries in Transition to MSC Certification.
Expanded ISSF Requirements for Longline Fishing Vessels
ISSF announced updates to several ISSF conservation measures (CM) in August 2021 to facilitate continuous improvements in the sustainability of global tuna fisheries, including those measures that impact longline tuna vessels.
“ISSF is guiding seafood companies and tuna fishers — with an expanded focus on longline fisheries — in taking additional, scientifically researched steps to protect sharks and other marine species, including through accessible education on up-to-date bycatch-mitigation best practices for skippers,” explained ISSF President Susan Jackson.
UPDATED: Tuna FIPs & MSC Tuna Fisheries Tables
The ISSF website lists tuna fishery improvement projects (FIPs) that have profile pages on the FisheryProgress.org site. Each tuna FIP name in the table is linked to its FisheryProgress.org description. You can sort and filter the table by column.
A second recently updated table shows tuna fisheries worldwide that either have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or are currently undergoing a full assessment to become certified. Helping tuna fisheries meet sustainability criteria to achieve the MSC certification standard — without conditions — is ISSF’s ultimate objective. Tuna fishery names are linked to their pages on the MSC Track a Fishery site. You can sort or filter by column.
Saving Sea Turtles
An infographic shows fishermen how to safely handle sea turtles unintentionally caught during tuna fishing to help them survive.