Marine Science and Conservation Experts Join ISSF Committees

Three Seafood Conservation Advocates Round Out Environmental Stakeholder Committee; Tuna RFMO Scientist Joins Scientific Advisory Committee

Washington, DC -- July 19, 2018

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Environmental Stakeholder Committee (ESC) and one addition to its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).  Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Global Fisheries Coordinator Jim Humphreys, FishWise Project Director Kathleen Mullen-Ley,



International Seafood Sustainability Foundation Releases Updated Snapshot of Large-Scale Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fishing Fleets

At least 1,871 purse seiners fishing for tunas worldwide as of June 2018 

Washington, DC -- July 12, 2018

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has issued an updated “snapshot” of Large-Scale Tuna Purse Seine Fishing Fleets as of June 2018, which shows about a three percent increase in the number of purse seine vessels worldwide since 2017.  Having an accurate estimate of active vessels is



ISSF Participating Tuna Company Compliance Report Shows 97 Percent Conformance with Foundation Conservation Measures

Compliance is 100% on product traceability; areas for improvement include data submission to RFMOs and observer coverage on tuna vessels

Washington, DC -- June 8, 2018

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its ISSF Annual Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report, which shows a 97 percent conformance rate among the 27 ISSF participating companies audited, with all 22 ISSF conservation measures in effect during the audit period. Approximately 75%



ISSF Wants Concrete Progress on Harvest Strategies in the Indian Ocean

Position statement outlines top ISSF “asks” for Indian Ocean Tuna Commission

Washington, DC -- May 18, 2018

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) published its position statement in advance of the 22nd Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) in Bangkok, Thailand, May 21-25. One of ISSF’s highest priority items for IOTC is to advance the region’s management strategy evaluations (MSE)



How Can Tropical Tuna Purse-Seine Fisheries Become MSC Certified?

ISSF report lists FAD data reporting and non-entangling FADs among best practices for tuna purse seine fisheries engaged in Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) seeking MSC certification

Washington, DC -- April 19, 2018

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has published a comprehensive report of recommendations, with an emphasis on fish aggregating device (FAD) usage, for purse-seine fisheries pursuing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. ISSF 2018-05: Recommended Best Practices for Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries in Transition to



ISSF Releases Interactive “Status of the Stocks Tool”

Dashboard allows users to visualize and export data on tuna-stock health and catch worldwide

Washington, DC -- April 5, 2018

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has developed a new data-visualization tool based on its long-running and widely followed Status of the Stocks report. The “Status of the Stocks Tool” is located on the ISSF website and accessible through the Status of the Stocks overview



ISSF Skipper Workshops Reached Record-High Number of Tuna Fishers in 2017

New report shows International Seafood Sustainability Foundation reaches close to 800 fleet participants in 10 countries

Washington, DC -- March 15, 2018

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Skippers’ Workshop program marked its most successful year on record in 2017, reaching 794 participants, with tuna purse-seine skippers (457) and crew (238) comprising the majority (88 percent) of attendees. Other workshop participants included vessel owners and officials. Since



State of Tuna Stocks Worldwide Assessed in Comprehensive ISSF Report

Global tuna catch stays at 78% healthy level

Washington, DC -- March 8, 2018

Of the total tuna catch in 2016, 78% came from stocks at “healthy” levels, unchanged since last reported, according to a February 2018 International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. Skipjack tuna stocks — at healthy levels in all ocean regions —



Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation Releases New Five-Year Strategic Plan

Washington, DC -- February 26, 2018

 The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) released its Strategic Plan for 2018-2022, Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries: A Five-Year Plan, which lays out the research and advocacy organization’s mission and approach to meeting sustainability objectives over the next five years. The new strategic plan is activated



ISSF Report Shows Management of Many Tuna Stocks Not Meeting Criteria for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Sustainability Standards

Some stocks fail to meet minimum standard due to lack of well-defined harvest control rules

Washington, DC -- January 11, 2018

Only six out of 19 major commercial tuna stocks are being managed to avoid overfishing and restore depleted fish populations because the majority of the stocks are not protected by well-defined harvest control rules (HCRs) from Regional Fishing Management Organizations (RFMOs), according to independent scientists in a report published by the International