On a volunteer basis, ESC members offer their professional expertise to review and analyze information for ISSF initiatives. Like the Scientific Advisory Committee, the ESC advises the ISSF Board of Directors on sustainability issues and efforts, including ISSF conservation measures.
ISSF’s Vessels in Other Sustainability Initiatives (VOSI) list is a transparency tool for the public seeking to understand which tuna vessels have made public commitments to more sustainable fishing beyond the commitments reflected on the ProActive Vessel Register (PVR).
VOSI is verified through a third-party audit process, and VOSI columns indicate if a vessel is:
- On the ISSF PVR and Record of Large Scale Purse Seine Vessels
- Using only fully non-entangling FADs (with no netting)
- Providing FAD echosounder biomass data
- Participating in a FIP, and/or
- Participating in a MSC certified fishery
- Have installed and are using electronic monitoring systems (EMS)
Vessels participating in any of these initiatives are encouraged to apply to have these initiatives verified and recognized.
Improving Vessel Transparency to Combat IUU Fishing
A New Tool for EU Fisheries Brings a Boost in Transparency and Sets an Example for All
Holly Koehler, ISSF Vice President, Policy & Outreach, considers how a recent initiative of the European Union is raising the bar for increased transparency in global fisheries and strengthening the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities.
A table shows which Regional Fishery Management Organization(s) (RFMOs) are leaders in several categories: IUU Vessel List, Authorized Vessel Record, Compliance Assessment Process, Observer Requirements, Supply & Tender Vessels, VMS, Transshipment, and FAD Management.