ON THE RECORD: NGOs on Sustainable Tuna

On the occasion of this week’s meeting of the ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee (ESC)—comprised of expert representatives from conservation and scientific bodies that volunteer their personal expertise to ISSF—we recap blogs and op-eds written by and with our NGO colleagues on the topic of tuna sustainability.   

Common Ground

“As many different voices weigh in to positively affect the long-term sustainability of global tuna stocks, they may not always sing in unison,” write ISSF’s Susan Jackson and Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch’s Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly in National Geographic.

“However, there is actually far more sustainability policy that major stakeholders agree on than not…

This broad alignment is our greatest collective strength.”

Read Achieving Sustainable Tuna


Common Goals

“Tuna fisheries face what can seem like an uphill climb when you consider issues like IUU fishing, stock health and bycatch,” reflects Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, Chair of the ESC, in a guest blog for ISSF. “But member NGOs of the ESC are committed to identifying and addressing the problems that exist head on.”

Read Seafood Watch Director: Collaborating toward sustainable tuna


Startling Progress

“After just a few years, almost all of the industry’s key players—with an estimated market share of more than 75 percent—have adopted ISSF conservation measures,” writes Dr. Bill Fox, Vice President of Fisheries Conservation, WWF-U.S. and member of the ISSF ESC and Board Of Directors.

“Their books are open to independent auditors who verify their behavior, and those audits are public. This is startling progress in a market traditionally dominated by rugged individualism at all levels. It surpasses any pre-ISSF progress I’ve seen in my entire career.”

Read Dr. Fox’s article in the Huffington Post