Company’s non-compliance with ISSF conservation measures results in its termination

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Contact:                 Erin Grandstaff and Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132

erin@sqcomms.com, charlie@sqcomms.com

Washington, DC – 22 May 2016 — The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) announced today the termination of tuna trader JFE Shoji Trade America Inc. as an ISSF participant, due to lack of compliance with ISSF’s science-based conservation measures aimed at improving the long-term health of global tuna fisheries. 

ISSF participants must agree to independent audits to assure conformance with these measures.  These annual, mandatory audits are conducted by MRAG Americas, Inc., an organization that provides marine resource management, scientific, and technical consulting services. The MRAG audit determined that JFE Shoji did not comply with several ISSF Conservation Measures 


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. To learn more, visit their website at iss-foundation.org.