our five-year plan:

Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries

PREVIEWING THE  ISSF 2018–2022 STRATEGIC PLAN

In sharing our new Strategic Plan, we reflect on our results to date, with an eye toward our future goals and the journey toward sustainable fisheries.

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    SCIENCE IS OUR GUIDE.

    • Science, not politics or profit, drives the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation.

    • More than 70 percent of our budget goes toward original, collaborative research by leading marine scientists across a wide range of fields.

    • Our research leads to policies and practices that promote better fishery management.

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    THROUGH ISSF, MANY VOICES SPEAK.

    • Our success depends on the diversity of our < target="_blank">stakeholders: scientists, NGOs, governments, and foundations, as well as fishing, processing, retail, and food-service companies.

    • Working together, our stakeholders develop science-based policies and practices that get proven results.

    • ISSF is unique in uniting a long-term vision of conservation with a businesslike concern for accountability and results.

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    WE SIDE WITH THE FACTS, NOT THE FUNDERS.

    • Support from conservation-oriented foundations balances the support we receive from industry.

    • Scientific institutions, NGOs, and fishing companies provide in-kind support as well as financial backing.

    • All of our sponsors respect our independence. No supporting organization controls our policies, our practices, or the findings of our research.

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    WE CLEAR THE WAY FOR COLLABORATION.

    • ISSF values the interests and expertise of all of our stakeholders: scientists, NGOs, governments, and foundations, as well as fishing, processing, retail, and food-service companies.

    • When our stakeholders disagree, we help them find common ground.

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    WE DON'T CERTIFY FISHERIES. WE DO HELP THEM MEET CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.

    • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sets the most widely recognized standard for fishery sustainability.

    • Fisheries work with ISSF to bring their tuna-stock, ecosystem, and fishery-management performance up to MSC expectations.

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