Interviews with Marine Scientists: “Reel Insights” and “Getting my Feet Wet”

ISSF has released a series of new videos featuring on-staff scientists and members of its volunteer Scientific Advisory Committee, who work for and advise organizations like the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, the Pacific Community (SPC), AZTI and the Marine Stewardship Council.

The videos, which are available on YouTube, cover two themes. “Reel Insights” feature scientists discussing their areas of expertise and sharing candid thoughts on tuna conservation and tuna science issues. And in “Getting My Feet Wet,” scientists discuss their love for the sea and how they turned passions for conservation into careers.  

Featured videos include:

Meryl Williams, Ph.D., Chair, Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section and Honorary Life Member, Asian Fisheries Society and the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee

Discusses the increase in women involved in fisheries research and in conservation.


Keith Sainsbury, Ph.D., Marine Stewardship Council Technical Advisory Board and ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee

Stresses the importance of improving fisheries around the world, and the value of tuna for the ecosystem and for humans.


Dale Squires, Ph.D., National Marine Fisheries Service and ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee

On the how the “tragedy of the commons” has created a need for greater global cooperation when it comes to the management and conservation of tuna.


Josu Santiago, Ph.D., Azti Tecnalia and the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee

On the coming together of scientists and vessel skippers at ISSF skippers workshops to work on the mutually beneficial concept of bycatch mitigation.


Mark Maunder, Ph.D., Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee

On the role that data and information play in achieving healthy and sustainable tuna populations.


John Hampton, Ph.D., Oceanic Fisheries Program (SPC) and ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee

On the complexity of tuna as a species and the importance of tuna for small island countries, both economically and in terms of food security.


Other scientists profiled include head of the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee and Vice President of Science Victor Restrepo, Ph.D.; ISSF marine scientist Ana Justel; and Azti-Tecnalia’s Jefferson Murua, Ph.D., current coordinator and presenter for the ISSF Skippers Workshop program.


View the video series here


About the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — the world’s leading conservation organization — promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. To learn more, visit