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

Effective

  • Effective July 1, 2018

     

     

    July 1, 2018
  • Effective July 1, 2023

    The November 9, 2022, amendment extends the prior effective date of December 31, 2022, to July 1, 2023.

     

    July 1, 2023
  • Effective April 19, 2023

     

     

    April 19, 2023
  • Effective November 8, 2023

     

     

    November 8, 2023

Adopted

  • Adopted April 25, 2017

     

     

    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
  • April 6, 2022
  • Amended November 9, 2022

    The November 9, 2022, amendment extends the prior effective date of December 31, 2022, to July 1, 2023.

     

    November 9, 2022
  • Amended April 19, 2023

    The April 19, 2023 amendment extends the effective date for any requirements not yet in effect as of April 19, 2023, to April 1, 2024.

    This change is effective April 19, 2023.

     

    April 19, 2023
  • Amended November 8, 2023

     

     

    November 8, 2023

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);
      (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. 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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