Marine Science and Conservation Experts Join ISSF Committees

Three Seafood Conservation Advocates Round Out Environmental Stakeholder Committee; Tuna RFMO Scientist Joins Scientific Advisory Committee

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Environmental Stakeholder Committee (ESC) and one addition to its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).  Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Global Fisheries Coordinator Jim Humphreys, FishWise Project Director Kathleen Mullen-Ley,



2018 Tuna Conference Highlights New Scientific Research

Now in its 69th year, The Tuna Conference in Lake Arrowhead, California, brings together scientists, students, and others concerned with tunas, billfishes and sharks. Since 2011, ISSF has provided support for the event, including travel awards for marine-science students presenting their research. The theme of



How Can Tropical Tuna Purse-Seine Fisheries Become MSC Certified?

ISSF report lists FAD data reporting and non-entangling FADs among best practices for tuna purse seine fisheries engaged in Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) seeking MSC certification

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has published a comprehensive report of recommendations, with an emphasis on fish aggregating device (FAD) usage, for purse-seine fisheries pursuing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. ISSF 2018-05: Recommended Best Practices for Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries in Transition to



ISSF Releases Interactive “Status of the Stocks Tool”

Dashboard allows users to visualize and export data on tuna-stock health and catch worldwide

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has developed a new data-visualization tool based on its long-running and widely followed Status of the Stocks report. The “Status of the Stocks Tool” is located on the ISSF website and accessible through the Status of the Stocks overview



ISSF Report Analyzes Purse Seine Tuna Fishing Impacts on Sharks, Rays, and Other Species

Marine Scientists Summarize Best Approaches for Reducing Bycatch in Purse-Seine Fisheries

Using data from Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), scientific observer programs, and its own at-sea research and skippers workshops, the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has published an updated report that documents purse-seine tuna fishing’s impact on “non-target” species. The bycatch species covered in the



Updated ISSF Status of the Stocks Report Shows Tuna Stock Abundance and Fishing Mortality Improvements

ISSF releases updated Status of the Stocks report; latest data shows 78% of global tuna catch from stocks at “healthy” levels

Of the total tuna catch, 78% comes from stocks at “healthy” levels, an increase of 2% since last reported, according to a November 2017 International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. Eleven percent of the global catch comes from overfished stocks, and another 11% of



ISSF Releases Videos of Marine Scientists Talking Tuna, How they Entered the Conservation Field

Interviews from Marine Scientists: “Reel Insights” and “Getting My Feet Wet”

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation has released a series of new videos featuring on-staff scientists and members of its volunteer Scientific Advisory Committee, who work for and advise organizations like the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, the Pacific Community (SPC), AZTI, and the Marine Stewardship Council.  The videos, which are available on



State of Tuna Stocks Worldwide Assessed in Comprehensive ISSF Report

In total 2015 tuna catch, 76% came from stocks at healthy levels; most bluefin tuna stocks continue to be overfished

Of the total tuna catch in 2015, 76% came from stocks at “healthy” levels, a decrease of 1% from 2014, according to a February 2017 International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Status of the Stocks report. The current percentage-from-healthy-stocks figure, while in need of improvement, has stabilized recently following several



The Majority of the Tuna Catch Comes from Abundant Stocks, But Overfishing of Some Stocks Continues

ISSF scientific report provides update on “status of the stocks”

The global commercial catch of tuna — a valuable, natural protein food source — reached 5 million tons in 2014, an increase from 4.6 million in 2013, according to the ISSF Tuna Stock Status Update – 2016 (Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna) report



Dr. Mark Maunder and Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly Lend Expertise to ISSF Committees

Stock Assessment and Modeling Expert Joins Scientific Advisory Committee; Seafood Conservation Advocate Elected Chair of Environmental Stakeholder Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Erin Grandstaff and Charlie Patterson, +1 202-680-8132 erin@sqcomms.com, charlie@sqcomms.com Washington, DC – 19 July 2016 – The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Maunder, head of the stock assessment program at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC),