In 2019, we’re celebrating ISSF’s first “Decade of Discovery” of researching, sharing, and advocating best practices in sustainable tuna fishing. 

To kick off our 10th anniversary celebration, we’re sponsoring the first-ever ISSF Seafood Sustainability Contest. The contest invites marine science graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to submit innovative proposals for addressing bycatch mitigation and ocean-ecosystem challenges in tropical tuna purse-seine fisheries. Individuals or teams can submit online entries through December 31, 2019. Watch a video about the contest.

We also have co-sponsored the International Workshop on Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Common Oceans Tuna Project. The contest was announced at the workshop, which took place at FAO Headquarters in Rome on March 12-13.

A DECADE OF DISCOVERY

In 2009, acclaimed scientists, leaders in industry, and environmental champions launched the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) based on shared concerns about the future of global tuna fisheries and a desire to do something about it — together.

ISSF has worked for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of global tuna fisheries through its three pillars of Science, Influence, and Verification. We launched our second 5-year Strategic Plan in 2018, which formalized support for fisheries improvement activities.

Our contributions to advancing sustainable fisheries include:

Seafood News has published an op-ed by members of ISSF’s Scientific Advisory Committee reflecting on these contributions. “ISSF’s Scientist Advisors Reflect on a Decade of Discovery: Why we do it, and how we’re making a difference,” published March 15, 2019, is available online by subscription to Seafood News.