ISSF puts a majority of its resources toward scientific research, reports and projects. We’ll post all of it in this section.
The main environmental impact of purse seine fishing is called bycatch – the unintended capture of marine life. In simple terms it’s the stuff vessels fish from the ocean that crews didn’t set out to take. The amount of bycatch in purse seine fisheries throughout the world averages between 0.5% – 5% of the total purse seine catch. This includes other fish, sharks and turtles but a majority of bycatch is small tuna.
ISSF launched a project in 2010 to begin cleaning up the tuna catch.
Make the Commitment
In July of 2011, we announced our “Make the Commitment: A Global Improvement Plan” project, which calls on tuna processors, traders and importers to make the commitment to improve practices in tuna fisheries.
Sea turtle populations are threatened all over the world, but there is good work being done in key regions and ISSF is supporting on-the-ground projects that are making an impact and helping marine turtles thrive.