The Annual Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report, released by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), indicates a 99.75% rate of compliance during 2022 by 25 participating companies with all of the 33 ISSF conservation measures in effect.
‘In an era when sustainability pledges in the private sector are becoming increasingly commonplace, ISSF participating companies continue to stand out in their commitment to a rigorous, transparent audit and compliance process,’ said ISSF President Susan Jackson, commenting that the report highlights the progress made toward ensuring the sustainability of global tuna fisheries by industry participants.
‘We cannot take for granted the value of this consistent, public reporting on the business practices of the world’s leading tuna companies — even as we mark the ninth year of the ISSF approach.’
Two companies had one minor non-conformance each on the same conservation measure, CM 2.3 Product Labeling by Species and Area of Capture.
The report tracks companies’ progress over the past year in conforming with 33 ISSF conservation measures relating to traceability, data delivery, and transactions with vessels on RFMO black lists.
One ISSF conservation measure was newly in effect for the 2022 audit period, and all 25 companies were in full conformance with CM 1.3
As part of its commitment to foster transparency and accountability in the fishing industry, ISSF engages third-party auditor MRAG Americas to assess ISSF participating seafood companies’ compliance with ISSF conservation measures according to a detailed audit protocol.