Where We’re Headed, Where We’ve Been
Earlier this year, 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.
The plan is activated through three core pillars of science, influence, and verification — encompassing tuna stock health and fisheries bycatch, outreach to Regional Fisheries Management Organizations and vessels, partnerships with tuna companies, fishery improvement support, and more. ISSF’s ultimate objective remains to improve the sustainability of global tuna fisheries so they are capable of meeting the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard without conditions.
Progress to Date
ISSF also launched a related, infographic-rich microsite that explores five focus areas of the strategic plan: bycatch mitigation, FADs and FAD management, illegal fishing, industry commitment, and harvest strategies. For all focus areas, which have evolved from the organization’s previous five-year plan, ISSF cites outcomes to date as a result of its model of scientific research, knowledge sharing, and advocacy.
The microsite also highlights benchmarking tools and summarizes ISSF resources for FIPs and MSC certification efforts.
ISSF has led a series of workshops on the topic of capacity management beginning with the 2010 Bellagio Conference on Sustainable Tuna Fisheries, which resulted in the publication of the Bellagio Framework for Sustainable Tuna Fisheries and highlighted the necessity of capping the current number of vessels and discouraging the addition of new ones.
Once capacity is limited, nations must work toward fairly allocating rights to existing fishing capacity. ISSF has therefore convened workshops that build on the Bellagio Framework and advance these aspects of capacity management:
- The Cordoba Conference on the Allocation of Property Rights in Global Tuna Fisheries, which brought together diverse stakeholders to debate and discuss in a collaborative and neutral venue the allocation of property rights and subsequent use rights in multilateral tuna management programs
- The Sustainable Fishery Agreements: Strategies for Enforcement and Compliance, Maui Conferences, which covered complianceand enforcement in the context of rights-based management in multilateral tuna fisheries
The outcomes of these workshops recognized that the issue of capacity transfers is fundamental and a means of accommodating coastal states’ rights, which led ISSF to next convene the first workshop to discuss the issue – the ISSF Capacity Transfer Workshop.
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 https://iss-foundation.org/, and follow ISSF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.