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ISSF Study Reports Increase in Purse Seine Vessels Overall, but Fewer Large Scale Purse Seine Vessels Fishing for Tropical Tuna Species Globally






ISSF Study Reports Increase in Purse Seine Vessels Overall, but Fewer Large Scale Purse Seine Vessels Fishing for Tropical Tuna Species Globally

Tuna Conservation Group Releases 2021 Snapshot of Large-Scale Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fishing Fleets as of July 2021
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Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, [email protected]

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Date: September 16, 2021

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has updated its Large-Scale Tuna Purse Seine Fishing Fleets report as of July 2021. The total number of purse seine vessels, calculated based on data from the five tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), has increased from 1,721 in…

Eastern Pacific Ocean Fisheries Managers Must Adopt Effective Management Measures for Bigeye, Yellowfin and Skipjack Tuna

ISSF Releases Position Statement for Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Meetings
Contact:

Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, [email protected]

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Date: August 19, 2021

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has published its position statement in advance of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) 98th Meeting, which will be held virtually on August 23-27, 2021, and convened again in October 2021. The IATTC is responsible for the conservation and management of tuna…

ISSF Expands Requirements for Longline Fishing Vessels by Strengthening Conservation Measures Covering Shark Finning and Fisher Outreach on Bycatch Mitigation

Tuna fisheries conservation group also updates conservation measure on FADs, among additional amendments to measures for 26 seafood companies that help minimize ecosystem impact and support science-based fisheries management
Contact:

Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, [email protected]

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Date: August 5, 2021

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) today announced updates to several ISSF conservation measures (CM) to facilitate continuous improvements in the sustainability of global tuna fisheries, including those measures that impact longline tuna vessels and the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs). “ISSF is guiding…

ISSF Adopts New Conservation Measure Aimed at Rebuilding Yellowfin Tuna in the Indian Ocean

New Measure for ISSF Participating Companies Highlighted in Position Statement for June 2021 IOTC Annual Meeting
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Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, [email protected]

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Date: May 6, 2021

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) today announced a new ISSF conservation measure (CM) requiring its participating companies to reduce annual sourcing of Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna. ISSF Conservation Measure 1.3 IOTC Yellowfin Tuna Rebuilding becomes effective in the event that the Indian Ocean Tuna…

ISSF Publishes Annual Report Highlighting 2020 Accomplishments for Sustainable Tuna Fisheries

Complementary Compliance Report Shows 99.4% Participating Seafood Company Conformance Rate with Science-Based Conservation Measures
Contact:

Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, [email protected]

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Date: April 22, 2021

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) released its 2020 annual report today, titled Staying the Course, which presents the organization’s tuna-fishery sustainability achievements during an unprecedented year of challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The ISSF team did more than just ‘keep on keepin’…

Seafood Sector Veteran Kevin Bixler to Chair ISSF Board

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation Appoints Thai Union Group’s Global Director of Group Fish Procurement to Chair; William Gibbons-Fly, former U.S. Department of State Lead Fisheries Negotiator, Also Joins Board
Contact:

Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, [email protected]

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Date: April 15, 2021

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) announced today the appointment of Kevin Bixler as Chair of its Board of Directors. Mr. Bixler, Global Director of Group Fish Procurement for Thai Union Group, succeeds Luciano Pirovano, Director of Sustainable Development for Bolton Food, in the role….

87.6% of Global Tuna Catch Continues to Come from Stocks at Healthy Levels, While 9.6% Require Stronger Management

Updated ISSF Report Rates State of Tuna Stocks Worldwide
Contact:

Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, [email protected]

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Date: March 30, 2021

Of the total commercial tuna catch worldwide, 87.6% of the global catch continues to be sourced from stocks at “healthy” levels of abundance, according to the newest International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. In addition, 9.6% of the total tuna catch…

New ISSF Report Benchmarks Tuna RFMO Performance Against the U.N. FAO Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA)

From Minimum Standards for Inspector Training to Advance Notice of Port Entry, Report Identifies IUU-Mitigation Gaps and Opportunities
Contact:

Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, [email protected]

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Date: March 18, 2021

ISSF’s new report ISSF 2021-09: Port State Measures in Tuna RFMOs: Benchmarking RFMO Port State Measures Against the 2009 FAO PSMA and Identifying Gaps evaluates how well the port-State measures established by tuna regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) follow an overarching international standard enacted to…

ISSF Calls for Much-Needed Reforms Toward an Effective Rebuilding Plan for Indian Ocean Yellowfin Tuna

Despite COVID-19 Challenges, IOTC Must Do Everything Possible to Hold a Productive Meeting
Contact:

Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, [email protected]

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Date: March 2, 2021

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has published a position statement ahead of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s (IOTC) virtual March 8-12 Special Session. The Session was called at the conclusion of the IOTC 24th Session Meeting in November 2020 in order to discuss a…

ISSF Report: 16 Tuna Stocks Not Meeting Criteria for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Sustainability Standard

Now including bluefin tuna stocks, report reveals that seven stocks achieve passing score on MSC Principle 1, and most tuna RFMOs score well on MSC Principle 3
Contact:

Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132, [email protected]

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Date: February 25, 2021

Independent fisheries scientists in An Evaluation of the Sustainability of Global Tuna Stocks Relative to Marine Stewardship Council Criteria — a February 2021 report commissioned by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) — found that seven out of 23 major commercial tuna stocks worldwide are…