Improved Monitoring, Reduced Fishing Pressure and Strengthened FAD Management Needed for Sustainable Eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Fisheries

ISSF Lists Priorities for Upcoming Annual Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Meeting
Contact: Charlie Patterson, charlie@sqcomms.com
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: July 22, 2019

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) released its position statement in for the 94th Meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in Bilbao, Spain, from July 22-26, 2019. “The Commission took some important steps last year, including the adoption of a technical definition for…

Sharing Best-Practice: IPNLF & ISSF Launch First Practical Reference Guide for Pole-and-Line Fishing

Location: London, U.K. -- July 17, 2019
Date: July 16, 2019

A new guidebook detailing science-based best-practices for maximising catch value and also minimising the environmental impacts of these fisheries is today jointly published by and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). The Skippers’ Guidebook to Pole-and-Line Fishing…

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation Brings on Marine Research Expert as Senior Scientist

Hilario Murua, Ph.D. — Fish Population Dynamics, Assessment and Management Expert — Joins Organization’s Science Staff
Contact: Charlie Patterson, charlie@sqcomms.com
Location: Washington, DC -- July 3, 2019
Date: July 2, 2019

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is pleased to announce the addition of Hilario Murua, Ph.D., to its science staff in the position of Senior Scientist. Dr. Murua will work with an international team of scientists facilitating the long-term sustainable use of global tuna fisheries,…

ISSF to IOTC: Listen to Your Scientists, Take Immediate Steps to Protect Yellowfin

ISSF Position Statement Outlines Top Asks for Indian Ocean Tuna Commission
Contact: Charlie Patterson, (202) 680-8132, charlie@sqcomms.com
Location: Washington, D.C. -- June 13, 2019
Date: June 12, 2019

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) published its position statement in advance of the 23rd Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) in Hyderabad, India, June 17-21.   ISSF’s highest priority item for IOTC is the adoption of an effective rebuilding plan for yellowfin…

What’s Fair Game on the High Seas?

Sonar Innovation Could Single Out Sustainable Tuna Species from Afar
Contact: Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, charlie@sqcomms.com
Location: Washington, D.C. -- June 6, 2019
Date: June 6, 2019

Sustainability-driven new research could one day help tuna fisheries cast their nets more selectively, mitigating unintentional “bycatch” of undersized fish and off-limits species. The key development is an innovative application of electronic fish-finders like those commonly used by commercial tuna fleets. A multinational research team…

Tuna Experts Mark 10 Years of Collaboration, Come Together for Workshop on Mitigation of Environmental Impacts of Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries

ISSF and the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project Co-sponsored Six Sessions Focused on Bycatch and Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs)
Contact: Charlie Patterson, charlie@sqcomms.com
Location: Washington, DC -- May 9, 2019
Date: May 8, 2019

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) and the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project co-sponsored the Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries workshop, held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, on 12-13 March 2019. The…

ISSF Participating Tuna Company Compliance Report Shows 98.5 Percent Conformance with Foundation Conservation Measures

Annual ISSF Participating Company Compliance Report Details Conformance by 25 Companies with 27 Foundation Conservation Measures
Contact: Charlie Patterson, charlie@sqcomms.com
Location: Washington, DC -- April 25, 2019
Date: April 24, 2019

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its ISSF Annual Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report, which shows a 98.5 percent conformance rate by 25 ISSF participating companies with all 27 ISSF conservation measures in effect in 2018, the audit period. Many of the…

ISSF Welcomes Fisheries, Policy and Conservation Experts to Board of Directors

Dr. Rohan Currey, Dr. Martin Tsamenyi and Dr. Giuseppe Di Carlo join International Seafood Sustainability Foundation Board
Contact: Charlie Patterson, charlie@sqcomms.com
Location: Washington, DC -- April 11, 2019
Date: April 11, 2019

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) announced today three Board of Directors appointments: fisheries scientist Dr. Rohan Currey of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC); “Law of the Sea” scholar and fisheries law policy expert Dr. Martin Tsamenyi of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources…

86% of Global Tuna Catch Continues to Come from Stocks at Healthy Levels, But Some Stocks Remain Overfished

Updated ISSF Report Rates State of Tuna Stocks Worldwide
Contact: Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, charlie@sqcomms.com
Location: Washington, D.C. -- April 4, 2019
Date: April 3, 2019

Of the total tuna catch, 86% came from stocks at “healthy” levels — an unchanged share since last reported in October 2018 — according to the March 2019 International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. Skipjack tuna stocks — which remain at…

ISSF Sponsors Global Contest to Reward Marine Science Scholars’ Innovative Ideas for Sustainable Tuna Fishing

Competition Inaugurates ISSF’s “Decade of Discovery” Commemoration
Contact: Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, charlie@sqcomms.com
Location: Washington, D.C. -- March 13, 2019
Date: March 13, 2019

Marine-science graduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in helping to pioneer the next generation of sustainable tuna fishing initiatives — especially to reduce bycatch and protect ocean ecosystems — are invited to submit their ideas to the first-ever International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Seafood Sustainability…