ISSF’s mission is to undertake and facilitate science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of global tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting tuna ecosystem health.

Fisheries Improvement Projects

Fisheries improvement projects, or FIPs, are an alliance of stakeholders — including tuna retailers, processors, producers, and/or catchers. FIPs use the power of the private sector and markets to resolve problems within a specific fishery or to improve some specific aspect that requires attention, incentivizing positive changes toward sustainability.

Harvest Control Rules

Harvest control rules (HCRs), which are based on stock status, are agreed-upon guidelines for how much fishing of a particular species can take place.

Skippers Workshops

More than 1,000 skippers from tuna vessels have attended ISSF educational workshops around the world, learning how to avoid bycatch when possible, safely handle bycatch species — such as sharks and turtles — to maximize their survival, and more.