Our measures reflect conservation needs in tuna fisheries worldwide that ISSF has identified together with our Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Committee, Environmental Stakeholder Committee, and ISSF participating companies.
We partner with third-party auditor MRAG Americas to develop audit protocols for each measure and then track compliance and results for participating companies and ProActive Vessel Register (PVR)-listed vessels.
ISSF’s conservation measure 9.1 requires each ISSF participating company to develop and publish a public social and labor standards and/or sourcing policy that applies to the company and its entire supply chain.
We engage an independent, third-party auditor to audit — and publicly report on — each participating seafood company’s compliance with our conservation measures. Company conformance is tracked individually and in aggregate on a yearly basis.
Each ISSF participating company commits to comply with all applicable ISSF conservation measures, which address a range of policy, purchasing, and operational issues — from vessel transactions to product labeling.
The ISSF Data Check Company designation has more limited financial and auditing requirements than ISSF Participating Company membership.
ISSF’s 30+ conservation measures align with our priority areas for advancing sustainable fishing: tuna conservation, FAD management, marine ecosystem health, bycatch reduction, capacity management, and illegal fishing prevention.
For seafood companies and vessels that want to do their part to conserve tuna stocks, reduce bycatch, and protect marine environments, ISSF conservation measures provide a framework for responsible fishing policies and practices.
Through a rigorous compliance and audit process led by MRAG Americas, an independent auditing firm with fisheries expertise, ISSF holds tuna and other seafood companies to high standards for transparency and accountability. We publish participating company audit reports and Data Check company audit reports on this site.
We regularly review and update our conservation measures — or establish additional measures — based on the latest fisheries research, technology resources, and emerging or urgent conservation and/or management needs.
The Update to ISSF Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report (PDF) examines how all ISSF participating companies performed in 2021 against ISSF conservation measures.
Explore “Transparent Accountability Across Tuna Fisheries” — our 2021 Annual Report — to learn about ISSF’s recent accomplishments and contributions in sustainable fishing.