New ISSF Web Pages Available
While ISSF tools and resources — because they help reach the organization’s objective regarding MSC certification — have always been complementary to fisheries improvement work, a formalized focus on Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIPs) is new to ISSF’s strategic plan, Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries.
“ISSF has a reputation for taking the scientific route — identifying and advocating for approaches based on the best data available,” said Bill Fox, ISSF Board member and Vice President, Fisheries, WWF-U.S. “We look forward to the Foundation bringing this rigorous focus to bear on the fisheries improvement work progressing across global tuna fisheries.”
A new “Fisheries Improvement” section on the ISSF website explores the ISSF-FIP connection and more.
More on Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries
ISSF’s strategic plan for 2018-2022, Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries: A Five-Year 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 (RFMOs) 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 (MSC) certification standard without conditions.
ISSF offers 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.
Developed over a ten-month period and approved by ISSF’s Board of Directors, the plan was developed with input from ISSF partners representing more than a dozen external stakeholder groups and organizations — including those from the scientific, charitable foundation, and NGO communities. The plan PDF can be downloaded from the microsite.
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 https://iss-foundation.org/, and follow ISSF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.