Participation climbs to 28 leading seafood companies

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Contact:                 Erin Grandstaff and Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, [email protected], [email protected]

Washington, DC – 13 July 2016 – Indonesian company PT Aneka Tuna Indonesia (ATI), British tuna firm Lovering Foods, Ltd., and French company Thunnus Overseas Group (TOG) are the latest seafood companies to participate in the conservation efforts of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). ATI and TOG are full participating companies; Lovering Foods is at the associate level.

ISSF participating companies work with the Foundation to advocate for improved tuna fishery management, fund scientific advancements through research and expert analysis, and take direct action to encourage the adoption of responsible fishing practices

“One of the primary objectives of ISSF is to engage a broad array of stakeholders, creating collective movement towards effective tuna resource management, the funding of scientific research and other direct action aimed at improving and maintaining the long term health of tuna stocks,” ISSF President Susan Jackson said. “Bringing on additional companies from Southeast Asia and Europe further expands our global reach.”

All ISSF participating companies are independently audited via comprehensive methods that assess compliance with ISSF’s conservation measures, the results of which are shared annually in the ISSF compliance report and published in conjunction with the ISSF annual report. This year, in response to requests for deeper information, ISSF also published individual compliance reports for each ISSF participating company; these reports can be viewed here.

ISSF launched in 2009 with eight participating companies and today has 28 industry partners. These partners comprise approximately 75% of the world’s tuna processing capacity — including well-known brands produced and sold in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Pacific Islands and Asia.

About the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — the world’s leading conservation organization — promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. To learn more, visit iss-foundation.org.

About PT Aneka Tuna Indonesia (ATI)
ATI is based in East Java Province of Indonesia and produces, markets and sells tuna products domestically and abroad. ATI was founded in 1991 and is committed to producing good quality products that are safe for the environment.

About Thunnus Overseas Group (TOG)
TOG is a holding company that through subsidiaries engages in production, processing, and distribution of canned tuna. Conserveries des Cinq Océans manages all sales activities. Industrial processing facility locations are located along Atlantic Ocean on the Ivory Coast and along the Indian Ocean in Madagascar. In addition, a 10,000 m2 warehouse is located in Dunkirk, France.

About Lovering Foods, Ltd.
Lovering Foods Ltd., based near London, is a leading added-value supplier of ambient canned goods with a focus on seafood. With over 35 years’ experience, Lovering supplies products into most major UK supermarkets and was awarded The Grocer’s Own-Label Ambient Supplier of the Year in 2013 and 2016.