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2.4 Supply Chain Transparency, Audit, Reporting and Purchase Requirements

Initially Adopted

  • October 17, 2017

Gear Type(s)

All Gear Types

Processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry shall:

1. For purchases from fish trading organizations that trade 10,000 tons or more of tuna annually (not directly from fishing vessels), purchase all round; gilled and gutted; or headed, gilled and gutted albacore, skipjack, yellowfin and/or bigeye tuna from:

  1. ISSF Participating Companies;  or
  2. Companies designated by ISSF as Data Check Companies (as defined by the General Provisions and Terms and Conditions for Data Check Companies) that have a published compliance audit report with respect to ISSF Conservation Measures 2.2, 1.1, 4.1, 4.2, and 5.1, as determined and reported by the ISSF external auditor

2. If purchasing from processing organizations that purchase and process more than 12,500 round tons per year, purchase all frozen loins or processed, shelf-stable, canned or pouched products of albacore, skipjack, yellowfin and/or bigeye tuna from:

    1. ISSF Participating Companies; or
    2. Companies designated by ISSF as Data Check Companies (as defined by the General Provisions and Terms and Conditions for Data Check Companies) that have a published compliance audit report with respect to ISSF Conservation Measure 2.2, 1.1, 4.1, 4.2, and 5.1, as determined and reported by the ISSF external auditor

3. ISSF Participating Companies will be exempt from compliance with this measure until December 31, 2025, if they publish annually before 15 March of each year:

  1. The percentage of their purchases (measured in round ton equivalents) for each of the following Fishery Source categories:
    • Fisheries certified against the then current MSC Standard and eligible to use the MSC label
    • Fisheries that have entered full assessment for MSC certification
    • Fisheries in the MSC Fisheries In Transition to MSC (ITM) program
    • Comprehensive FIPs that have been publicly listed and have achieved progress within at least the past 24 months; or are in their initial year of listing
    • Comprehensive FIPs that have been publicly listed but have not achieved progress in the prior 24 months
    • None of the above
  2. The percentage of their purchases (measured in round ton equivalents) for each of the following Supplier Source categories:
    • ISSF participating companies
    • Data Check Companies
    • Direct from vessels
    • None of the above
  3. A statement of intent that includes a time-bound implementation plan to decrease purchases from the “none of the above” categories in 3(a) and (b) above.

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