At the foundation of ISSF is the principle of supporting and leveraging scientific research and analysis to better understand and address the challenges of directly improving tuna fisheries.
ISSF promotes science-based approaches to achieve the long-term sustainability of global tuna stocks and their ecosystem, working collaboratively with engaged stakeholders on issues where we can collectively have the most positive impact, such as:
- Bycatch mitigation
- FAD management
- Capacity management
- Enforcement and compliance
- Progress measurement and communication
ISSF works collaboratively with marine scientists, regulatory and legislative bodies, environmental stakeholders, academics and other stakeholders to:
- Utilize research and insights to align on and promote science-based approaches and tools that can be tested and practically implemented. For example, ISSF is testing acoustic technology to help distinguish tuna species at FADs.
- Encourage data collection and sharing on issues where additional information is required to promote better understanding of issues and to support the development of new best practices
- Monitor and report on the status and international management of global tuna fisheries and associated bycatch
- Work with other constituencies that collect and/or analyze data to encourage standardization of collection and analysis