Nota Bene Podcast Hosts Susan Jackson
ISSF President Susan Jackson sat in with the hosts of Sheppard Mullins’ Nota Bene podcast to talk about tuna sustainability and ISSF’s model for improving the sustainability of global tuna fisheries by developing and implementing verifiable, science-based practices, commitments and international management measures that result in tuna fisheries meeting the MSC certification standard without conditions. The 31-minute listen, also dives into the origins of ISSF, how companies can accelerate change in their respective industries, how NGOs can be agents of change, as well as some of the greatest challenges facing ISSF initiatives.
Summer Skipper Workshop Series Hits 5 Ports
The ISSF Skipper Workshop series had a busy summer schedule, hitting five major ports across the globe to work with fishers on best practices for minimizing bycatch and the impact of fish aggregating devices (FADs). In a new blog for ISSF, Dr. Jefferson Murua of AZTI-Tecnalia, who leads the workshops globally, often with support from in-country scientists and fleet organizations, reflects on how each of the fleets visited have unique fishing technology and strategies, operating in different regions with unique oceanographic and biological conditions.
Dr. Murua kicked the summer off in Spain where an important portion of the Spanish fleet participated in a workshop in the fishing town of Vigo. The tour then headed to Latin America. A workshop held in Manta, Ecuador—with help from scientists from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and Asociación de Atuneros del Ecuador (ATUNEC)—had a record crowd of 135 fishers assembled. That workshop was followed by one in Panama City, Panama.
The series then moved up the Western coast to San Diego, California to hold a workshop with the American Tunaboat Association (ATA).
And the final Summer 2018 workshop took place in Yaizu, Japan, with support from the Japanese Overseas Purse Seine Fishing Association Kaimaki and well-known fisheries scientists from institutions of the Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency like the Marine Fisheries Research and Development Center (JAMARC) and the National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries (NRIFSF).
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.