ISSF Participating Tuna Company Compliance Report Shows 97% 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

ISSF released its Annual ISSF Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report, which shows a 97 percent conformance rate among the 27 ISSF participating companiesaudited, with all 22 ISSF conservation measures in effectduring the audit period.Approximately 75% of the world’s tuna processing companies participate in ISSF. 

As part of its commitment to transparency and accountability, ISSF engages third-party auditor MRAG Americas to continuously assess ISSF participating companies’ compliance with ISSF’s conservation measures according to a rigorous audit protocol.

“The independent auditing process is critical to the effectiveness of our compliance verification and ensures accountability for our participating companies,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson. “Since we began our auditing and transparency, we’ve seen companies make strides year after year, implementing sustainability in their business strategies and embedding them in daily practices. Most of all, it helps us with our decision making as an organization. This kind of data is critical to continuously tracking and improving where we are and how we can do better.”

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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. Helping global tuna fisheries meet sustainability criteria to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard — without conditions — is ISSF's ultimate objective. To learn more, visit, and follow ISSF on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.