At the foundation of ISSF is the principle of supporting and leveraging scientific research and analysis to better understand and address the challenges of directly improving tuna fisheries.

Mission

ISSF promotes science-based approaches to achieve the long-term sustainability of global tuna stocks and their ecosystem, working collaboratively with engaged stakeholders on issues where we can collectively have the most positive impact, such as:

Approach

ISSF works collaboratively with marine scientists, regulatory and legislative bodies, environmental stakeholders, academics and other stakeholders to:

  • Utilize research and insights to align on and promote science-based approaches and tools that can be tested and practically implemented. For example, ISSF is testing acoustic technology to help distinguish tuna species at FADs.
  • Encourage data collection and sharing on issues where additional information is required to promote better understanding of issues and to support the development of new best practices
  • Monitor and report on the status and international management of global tuna fisheries and associated bycatch
  • Work with other constituencies that collect and/or analyze data to encourage standardization of collection and analysis