A critical aspect of the ISSF approach is its emphasis on activating market and policy influence – both through the direct influence of the organization and its participants and through collaborative efforts with interested stakeholders.


ISSF is committed to advocating for science-based approaches, policies and conservation measures to advance tuna stock sustainability. ISSF will build on the solid foundation laid in its first four years by activating market and policy influence to advance global tuna stock and tuna ecosystem sustainability, both through the efforts of the Foundation and its participating companies and by encouraging stakeholders to do the same, including NGOs, retailers, vessel owners, traders and organizations that represent them.


It’s critical that ISSF advocate for science-based initiatives that foster implementable improvements across areas where we can have the greatest impact. Two key beliefs underpin our efforts:

  1. No one organization can achieve tuna fishery sustainability on its own; we must work collectively with those that share our goals and wish to work together to achieve them
  2. Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) – which have the necessary legal frameworks, geographic scope and membership – are best positioned to facilitate real and practical change across global tuna fisheries and should be supported, improved and strengthened

Focus Areas

ISSF Market Influence and RFMO Institutional and Member Advocacy Core Focus Areas include: