A verified resource for sustainable-fishing stakeholders
The LSPSR (or “Record”) helps fisheries policymakers and sustainability stakeholders to track and assess fishing capacity in the global purse-seine fleet, which harvests more than 60% of the total tuna catch.
As part of their responsibility, Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMOs) must oversee fleet capacity in their regions, since excess fishing capacity can lead to overfishing, which harms stocks and damages the marine ecosystem.
The LSPSR supports ISSF Conservation Measure 6.1 (Transaction Ban for Large-Scale Purse-Seine Vessels not Actively Fishing for Tuna as of December 31, 2012).
In the Record, an asterisk ( * ) after the vessel name indicates that the vessel has met all of these conditions:
We maintain a separate list of vessels that have been delisted from or relisted on the LSPSR.
LSPSR records can be downloaded in CSV format.
Owners of purse seiners listed in the Record must notify ISSF when a vessel has sunk, has been scrapped, or has otherwise been permanently transferred out of the tropical tuna fishery. Use the Vessel Removal Form or Vessel Replacement Form to contact us.
See ISSF Conservation Measure 6.2 to learn more about these requirements.
ISSF compiles the purse-seine vessel information in the Record of Large-Scale Purse-Seine Vessels from:
We do not independently verify vessel characteristics (including capacity), however, when listing vessels.
If you believe you have found an error in the LSPSR, or have additional vessel information for us to consider, we welcome your assistance.