3.6 Transactions with Vessels Implementing Best Practices for Sharks, Sea Turtles and Seabirds

Effective

  • July 1, 2018
  • Effective December 31, 2022

    The July 27, 2021, amendment expanded the requirement for longline bycatch-prevention policies to include best practices for seabirds.

    This change is effective December 31, 2022, for large-scale 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
  • Effective December 31, 2023

    The April 6, 2022, amendment added a proof of implementation of the public policy requirement.

    This change is effective December 31, 2023.

    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, 2023

Adopted

  • April 25, 2017

Amended

  • Amended July 27, 2021

    The July 27, 2021, amendment expanded the requirement for longline bycatch-prevention policies to include best practices for seabirds.

    This change is effective December 31, 2022, for large-scale 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
  • Amended April 6, 2022

    The April 6, 2022, amendment added a proof of implementation of the public policy requirement.

    This change is effective December 31, 2023.

    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.

    April 6, 2022

Gear Type(s)

This measure also applies to the PVR

Some RFMOs have adopted requirements for the use of certain gear modifications, such as the use of whole finfish bait, circle hooks and monofilament lines, and/or handling techniques, and/or prohibited the use of “shark lines,” in some longline tuna fisheries, while others have not.  ISSF is committed to supporting a transition to the use of such techniques by longline vessels, globally.

To further support the implementation of existing RFMO conservation measures for bycatch mitigation in longline tuna fisheries, and to promote the appropriate use of such techniques by longline fleets globally:

    1. Processors, traders, importers, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry shall conduct transactions only with those longline vessels whose owners have a public policy requiring the implementation of the following best practices for sharks, seabirds and marine turtles:
      (a) the use of circle hooks and only monofilament lines (e.g., the use of wire trace is prohibited); and
      (b) the use of whole finfish bait
      (c) implementation by the crew of best practice handling techniques for sharks, seabirds and marine turtles such as those outlined in the ISSF Skippers’ Guidebook to Sustainable Longline Fishing Practices; and
      (d) No use of “shark lines” at any time.
    2. As of 31 December 2023, proof of implementation of the public policy in paragraph 1 shall be required.
    3. For the purposes of this measure, a large-scale longline vessel is defined as a vessel that is equal to or greater than 20m length overall (LOA).

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