Effective

  • Effective July 27, 2021

    The July 27, 2021, amendment expanded the requirements on ISSF Skippers best-practices training to include longline vessel skippers. The available options to achieve this training have been likewise amended and are now:

    1. In-person ISSF workshops, including those provided by a tuna FIP and conducted by an ISSF-accredited trainer
    2. Online ISSF workshops
    3. ISSF workshop videos
    4. Online ISSF Skippers Guidebooks

    This change is effective since July 27, 2021, for all purse-seine vessels and on December 31, 2022, for all longline vessels.

    The text of the measure that you see on this page is current and complete. For details on how participating companies will be audited on this measure, see the audit protocol.

    July 27, 2021
    - For purse seine vessels
  • Effective December 31, 2022

    The July 27, 2021, amendment expanded the requirements on ISSF Skippers best-practices training to include longline vessel skippers. The available options to achieve this training have been likewise amended and are now:

    1. In-person ISSF workshops, including those provided by a tuna FIP and conducted by an ISSF-accredited trainer
    2. Online ISSF workshops
    3. ISSF workshop videos
    4. Online ISSF Skippers Guidebooks

    This change is effective since July 27, 2021, for all purse-seine vessels and on December 31, 2022, for all longline vessels.

    The text of the measure that you see on this page is current and complete. For details on how participating companies will be audited on this measure, see the audit protocol.

    December 31, 2022
    - For longline vessels

Adopted

  • June 7, 2011

Amended

  • September 12, 2012
  • April 25, 2013
  • May 20, 2014
  • October 20, 2015
  • Amended July 27, 2021

    The July 27, 2021, amendment expanded the requirements on ISSF Skippers best-practices training to include longline vessel skippers. The available options to achieve this training have been likewise amended and are now:

    1. In-person ISSF workshops, including those provided by a tuna FIP and conducted by an ISSF-accredited trainer
    2. Online ISSF workshops
    3. ISSF workshop videos
    4. Online ISSF Skippers Guidebooks

    This change is effective since July 27, 2021 for all purse-seine vessels and on December 31, 2022 for all longline vessels.

    The text of the measure that you see on this page is current and complete. For details on how participating companies will be audited on this measure, see the audit protocol.

    July 27, 2021

Gear Type(s)

ISSF’s goal in developing and presenting best practice information is to share the state of the art in responsible fishing operations, review the reporting requirements and other obligations to RFMOs, and inform purse seine and longline vessel skippers and other interested parties about the related ISSF Conservation Measures for the management of tuna and its larger marine ecosystem.

Processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry shall conduct transactions only with those purse seine and longline vessels whose skippers:

(a) have attended an in-person and/or online ISSF Skippers Workshop; or
(b) have attended an in-person Skippers Workshop provided by a tuna FIP and conducted by a trainer that has been accredited by ISSF to conduct these workshops; or
(c) have viewed an ISSF Skippers Workshop video online; or
(d) have reviewed the online Skippers Guidebook.

All of the above provide information on best practices for purse seine and longline fishery management.

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