Like the ProActive Vessel Register (PVR), ISSF’s Vessels in Other Sustainability Initiatives (VOSI) list is a transparency tool for the public — including seafood companies that want to understand which tuna vessels have made public commitments to more sustainable fishing beyond the commitments reflected on the PVR.
USING THE VOSI
Filter, Search & Sort
You can filter, search, and sort the VOSI list by vessel name, UVI number, UVI type, vessel flag, vessel type, and other categories.
- The VOSI shows when a vessel also is registered on ISSF’s Record of Large-Scale Purse Seine Vessels and/or ProActive Vessel Register; it also shows the vessel’s historical PVR status in complying with defined best practices.
- If a vessel operates in an Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified fishery, the VOSI provides the fishery name (linked to an MSC fishery description page) and certification dates.
- If a vessel participates in a publicly listed Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) that is third-party verified, the VOSI links to a FIP profile page with dates and other information.
You will see these symbols in vessel records in the VOSI:
|Green checkmark: Means one or more of the following: (i) the vessel appears in another ISSF public vessel list, (ii) the vessel participates in an MSC-certified fishery and/or a FIP, and/or (iii) the vessel participates in a FAD-management or other sustainability initiative(s).|
|Information symbol: When clicked on, shows a vessel’s national registration number, radio call sign, RFMO numbers, and dimensions|
|PVR status symbol: When clicked on, shows current and historical information in the PVR for that vessel|
VOSI Records in CSV Format
VOSI records can be downloaded in CSV format.
Note that when a vessel is participating in more than one initiative, it will appear in multiple rows (one per initiative) in the downloaded file.
VOSI APPLICATION & AUDITING
MSC-Certified Tuna Fisheries
Find out which tuna fisheries worldwide have met the Marine Stewardship Council’s stringent sustainability standards.
MSC certification is a science-based global standard in sustainable fishing. Helping all tuna fisheries to become capable of realizing and maintaining MSC’s certification standards is ISSF’s strategic objective.
Peruse publicly listed and third-party-verified tuna Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) at all stages, with links to detailed profile pages.
A FIP is a multi-stakeholder effort to address environmental challenges in a fishery, using the power of the private sector to incentivize positive changes toward sustainability.