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Marine Conservation and Responsible Fishing
We recognize that we cannot call ourselves sustainable without ensuring that our suppliers use responsible fishing practices that will conserve ocean stocks and protect eco-system health for the long-term. At the same time, we realize that ocean sustainability is not an issue that we can tackle alone. That's why we've joined forces with some of the world's most respected ocean experts to develop and implement programs designed to drive sustainability to the heart of our procurement practices.
Through the end of 2015 and into 2016, we've made significant progress in developing a more detailed approach to marine conservation. Visit the Thai Union Sea Change page devoted to the company's Tuna Roadmap to learn more our 2020 goals, progress against those goals and key accomplishments to date.
For the last few years, the tuna industry has been targeted by Greenpeace, alleging unsustainable tuna fishing practices. We take these concerns seriously and have invited engagement with involved nonprofit organizations through science-based, multi-stakeholder groups such as ISSF. To learn more about activist demands and our response, download our FAQs about this issue.
Collaboration with Peers and Partners
As part of its commitment to transparency and accountability, ISSF engages a third-party auditor, MRAG Americas, to audit its participating companies. This audit is conducted annually to evaluate compliance with ISSF’s Conservation Measures and Commitments.
Chicken of the Sea's 2015 audit results (released in April 2016), which covers more than a dozen criteria including traceability, onboard observers, and captains training show that we are meeting, and often exceeding, ISSF standards.
- Mitigate Bycatch
- Eliminate Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing
- Expand Data Support to Regional Fishery Management Organizations
- Advance Performance in Monitoring, Control and Surveillance
- Improve Overall Tuna Stock Health
The ISSF Bycatch Project, now in its sixth iteration, is a veteran group of scientists and fishermen that travel through the Pacific Ocean in search of better fishing practices. They study the behavior and aggregation of fish and observe the behavior of sharks and tunas inside an enclosed net in order to identify techniques for freeing non-target species from fishing nets.
Most of the world’s tuna catch is made by purse seine vessels, which use a net to encircle and catch tuna. The Bycatch Project’s aim is to mitigate bycatch in the purse seine fishery and is particularly focused on operations utilizing floating objects, called FADs.
Learn more about ISSF's At-Sea Bycatch Mitigation Research Activities and FADs.
- Mitigating bycatch of turtle and shark
- Closer look at Training Costa Rican fishermen, observers, and government agencies on sea turtle survival
While the complete list of ISSF reports, infographics, governance documents and videos can be found directly on the ISSF website, here are a few of our favorite:
- Status of the Stocks: an interactive map that allows users to click on any region of the world to see the current status of fish stocks
- Skippers' Workshops: as a part of their #BycatchProject, ISSF offers workshops around the globe to help deliver best practices to tuna fishers
- Efforts to end illegal fishing: a round-up of information and resources on how ISSF is working to end illegal fishing around the world