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

We also 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.


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 — which are explored on our “Decade of Discovery” timeline — 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.

In addition, Susan Jackson has written an op-ed reflecting on her 10 years as ISSF president, “6 lessons for converting adversaries into allies,” which was published in