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Responsible Tuna Fishing (APR) and Conservation International

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The Responsible Fishing Tuna Certification (APR) by AENOR is internationally recognised already as a social standard of fishery. Besides, in order to promote and stimulate the internationalisation of the APR regulation, OPAGAC elaborated a comparison work with Monterey Framework standard in 2019, along with CI.
In this work, the principles laid down in the APR were validated for the standard that CI are promoting for their application in all the Fishery Improvement Projects (FIP). Representatives of CI evaluated in situ how to apply the Spanish regulation on board of one of OPAGAC vessels, comparing the Spanish model to the American and they concluded that the APR Certification fulfils the requirements of the American standard and also that this model will be taken as a reference for the FIP to include aspects on social sustainability.




Conservation International (CI) is an American environmental organization whose main purpose is to keep the oceans healthy to benefit all kinds of life on Earth.
Its long-term aim is to protect the oceanic and coastal biodiversity and the most productive ecosystems with the objective of maximising the environmental, social and economic benefits for people and nature on the long run.
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CI’s work deals with:




Conservation International and its associates are collaborating with the private sector in order to help the Pacific island countries increase the value of tuna and create more job opportunities based on tuna fishing.

Tuna Initiative

The CI Tuna Initiative has been designed to help national and regional fisheries departments to implement the aims of sustainability, value, employment and food safety described in the Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries.

CI has invested in activities that are designed to sustain tuna fisheries, adapt to climate change, add value to tuna catches, and improve food security.


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SSRT, FTUSA, Clearview, Seafish RVFS, ASC, Naturland, BSCI, FishSource, IFFO RS, GRASP, FOTS, BAP, SFP, IPNLF, Thai Gap among others…

Global Sustainability Seafood Initiative

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The GSSI is an initiative whose mission is to ensure confidence in the supply and promotion of certified seafood, as well as promote certification schemes for these sea products. This way, this initiative wants to achieve more sustainable seafood for everybody.

Aims of GSSI

GSSI uses a tool of global reference (Global Benchmark Tool) to provide confidence about certificated seafood and promote improvements in certification schemes.
GSSI provides a global platform for multiple interested parties to collaborate and exchange knowledge about seafood sustainability.
GSSI collaborates with the Consumer Goods Forum’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) in order to develop a reference point for specific social compliance of seafood.
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GSSI and the Tuna Traceability Declaration

GSSI collaborates with the Consumer Goods Forum’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) to develop a seafood-specific social compliance benchmark.




IMO has developed, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), a number of non-binding documents.

Guidance Document on Training and Certification of Fishing Vessel Personnel (FAO/ILO/IMO)

The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the organization, revision or implementation of national training plans and courses for the vocational training of any category of fishing vessel personnel.

Safety code for fishermen and fishing vessels

The purpose of the Code is to provide information in order to promote the safety and health of crew on board fishing vessels. Part A of the Code focuses on practical health and safety guidelines for skippers and crews, while Part B is intended to serve as a guide for those responsible for the development of national laws and regulations.

FAO-ILO-IMO Voluntary Guidelines for the design, construction and equipment of small fishing vessels

This document sets out voluntary guidelines on the design, construction and equipment of small fishing vessels between 12 m and 24 m in length, based on the points identified in the safety codes.