The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (herein after referred to as “ISSF” or “Sponsor”) is pleased to announce the ISSF Seafood Sustainability Contest (the “Contest”). Entrants must acknowledge they have read and understood the contest rules.

The Contest is a skill-based Contest in which Contest Entrants (as defined below) shall compete by submitting proposals  for initiatives that reduce the ecosystem impacts of tropical tuna purse seine fisheries that use Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) (a “Proposal”). Four general categories for the Contest are:

CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

Eligibility

The Contest is open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in marine science. Each participant must be of the age of majority in his or her jurisdiction, but not younger than 18 years old at the time of entry. Current and former ISSF employees, directors, officers, vendors, consultants, contractors, members of ISSF advisory committees and employees of ISSF Participating Companies and Data Check Companies as well as relatives of current and former ISSF employees, directors, officers, vendors, consultants, contractors, members of ISSF advisory committees and employees of ISSF Participating Companies and Data Check Companies are ineligible.

A group of individuals (a “Team”) may collaborate on a Proposal, provided that all individuals in the Team meet the eligibility requirements contained in these Official Rules. The Team must designate one person as the agent for the group who shall enter the Contest as the Contest Entrant on behalf of the Team and accept any prizes or awards on behalf of the Team. The Sponsor is not liable for any disputes between collaborators arising under or related to the Contest and all members of a Team agree to release Sponsor from any and all liability for any claims and/or disputes arising in connection with the Team. If a dispute as to the identity of a Contest Entrant cannot be resolved to the Sponsors’ satisfaction, the affected Proposal(s) shall be deemed ineligible for the Contest.

Contest Term and Entry Deadline

The Contest will open at 12:01 AM ET March 13, 2019, on the occasion of the International Workshop on Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries in Rome and close December 31, 2019. Completed proposals must be submitted on the ISSF Website by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 31, 2019.

How to Enter the Contest

An individual or Team satisfying the eligibility criteria wishing to participate in the Contest must register to participate by completing the entry form (the “Entry Form”) and submitting a completed Proposal by the deadline exclusively on the ISSF Website, thereby becoming a participant (a “Contest Entrant”). Registration is free. As part of completing the Entry Form, Contest Entrants shall be required to: (a) submit their name, address, telephone number, date of birth, email address, and academic or research institution; and (b) unconditionally agree to be bound by (i) these Official Rules, (ii) the ISSF’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, (iii) the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects, and (iv) any additional terms and conditions as provided by or on behalf of the Sponsor. Limit one Entry Form per eligible individual or team and per email address. Any individual or team that attempts to register or, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, is suspected of completing more than one Entry Form by any means, including, without limitation, establishing multiple email accounts shall be disqualified from the Contest.

The Entry Form is only available in English, and all entries must be submitted in English on the ISSF Website.

How to Submit a Proposal

Once registered for the Contest, eligible Contest Entrants should follow the online instructions on the Entry Form to submit completed Proposals. A Proposal must include all of the following items and satisfy the following criteria (collectively, the “Proposal Requirements”):

  • Title of the proposal [10 words max]
  • Brief description summarizing the project [50 words max]
  • A brief description explaining how the proposal works (i.e., how it will reduce the ecosystem impacts of tropical tuna purse seine fisheries that use FADs) [500 words max]
  • Photographs, diagram, prototype or other materials that demonstrate how the proposal works [subject to the instructions and technical parameters set forth in the Entry Form]
  • A brief description explaining how the proposal is innovative and original [250 words max]
  • A brief description explaining how the proposal will be practical for fishermen to use [250 words max]
  • A brief description explaining the costs that will be involved in implementing the proposal (e.g. the materials needed to produce the technology, installation and/or maintenance requirements, or training for the technology) [500 words max]
  • A brief description explaining whether the proposal was tested and, if so, the outcome of such testing [250 words max]
  • Any demonstration materials that may strengthen the proposal (e.g., prototypes, photos, etc.)

All Proposals must: (a) be wholly original and created by the Contest Entrant; (b) meet the Proposal Requirements; (c) be in English; (d) not, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, contain or involve any of the following: (i) crude, vulgar or offensive pictures, depictions, images, language, symbols, (ii) commercial products and/or their trademarks, brands, logos or endorsements, (iii) obscenity, conduct or activities in violation of these Official Rules , (iv) copyrighted works (other than materials owned by the Contest Entrant) or any other information, content or materials that infringe the rights of any third party or violate any applicable laws or regulations.

Sponsor’s Right to Disqualify

At any time during the Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any Proposal for any reason including, without limitation, if the Sponsor believes that such Proposal, or any component thereof, contains any inappropriate content, infringes the rights of any third party, violates any applicable laws or regulations, is harmful to Sponsor’s business, goodwill or reputation, or otherwise does not meet the requirements set forth in these Official Rules. The decisions of the Sponsor on this and all matters relating to the Contest are final and binding.

Contest Prizes

Subject to the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, Sponsor will award a total of two prizes to the Contest Entrants selected by the judges, based on the criteria below:

  • One potential Grand Prize of forty thousand U.S. dollars ($40,000). The Grand Prize will also include a trip (airfare and travel expenses paid for) with an estimated value of $5,000 for the winning individual or team representative to participate at a key tuna event in 2020 selected by Sponsor such as the Seafood Summit, Bangkok Tuna Conference or Lake Arrowhead Tuna Conference.
  • One potential Runner-up Prize of ten thousand U.S. dollars ($10,000).

Total Prize Value: $55,000. All federal, state, provincial, local, and other jurisdictional taxes, fees, and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the potential winners. Sponsor will make any withholdings required by applicable law.

Contest Judging

The Contest judges will review all eligible Proposals in January 2020.  Potential winners will be announced February 28, 2020.

A panel of 5 judges will be composed of experts drawn from academia, industry and fishing organizations and include: 3 leading marine and fisheries scientists from ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee including the Chair of the Committee and the Chair of the Committee’s Bycatch Steering Committee; 1 ISSF Senior Scientist specialized in bycatch mitigation in tuna fisheries and a senior scientist member of the Vessel Industry.

The list of judges will be posted on the ISSF website, www.iss-foundation.org.

Judges will evaluate the entries using the below criteria. Each category will be given equal weight.
  • ORIGINALITY
  • CONSERVATION IMPACT
  • IMPACT ON SKIPJACK (SKJ) CATCHES
  • DEGREE TO WHICH IDEA HAS BEEN TESTED
  • FEASIBILITY OF INDUSTRY-WIDE IMPLEMENTATION
  • COST EFFECTIVENESS

The judges will select one potential Grand Prize winner and one potential Runner-up winner. Sponsor shall thereafter attempt to contact the potential Grand Prize winner and potential Runner-up winner using the contact information supplied on the Entry Forms.  If a potential Grand Prize winner or potential Runner-up winner (a) cannot be contacted or does not respond within one (1) week and/or (b) does not return two (2) copies of the completed Proposal Documentation (as defined below) within five (5) days of Sponsor’s request therefor, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify such potential Grand Prize winner and/or potential Runner-up winner and, if time permits, to select the next qualifying potential Grand Prize winner and/or potential Runner-up winner and attempt to contact same, who shall be subject to the same eligibility requirements and disqualification in the same manner as described in these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right not to award a prize if a majority of the judges conclude that no minimally suitable entry, based on the above criteria, has been received. For avoidance of doubt, a winner of the Runner-up Prize will not be selected until after Sponsor has received and verified the Proposal Documentation of the winner of the Grand Prize.  Sponsor shall not be responsible for failed attempts to notify any potential prize winner and no responsibility is assumed by Sponsor for any e-mail(s) or other correspondence returned as undeliverable without a forwarding address or any other problems, omissions or technical malfunctions associated with any network, servers, computer equipment, software, applications, the Internet or any combination thereof. For the avoidance of doubt, each potential prize winner shall be subject to verification, including, without limitation, as described in the paragraph below.

Upon the request of Sponsor, the potential Grand Prize winner and potential Runner-up winner must sign and return the following documents (collectively, the “Proposal Documentation”): (a) an affidavit of eligibility; (b) a publicity/liability release; and (c) any other releases and waivers requested by Sponsor, in each instance (i.e., subsections (a), (b) and (c) above), releasing Sponsor from any and all liability, loss, claims, demands, and causes of action for or related to (i) personal injury, damage, theft, loss, or any other harm suffered in connection with the Contest or the receipt and/or use of the Grand Prize or Runner-up Prize and (ii) publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, intellectual property and any other personal, proprietary or property rights of any party and/or any related cause of, including, without limitation, the use/misuse and/or acceptance of any Grand Prize or Runner-up Prize; and (d) except where prohibited by law, a promotional release granting Sponsor the right to use each potential Grand Prize winner’s and/or potential Runner-up winner’s name and likeness for advertising, marketing and publicity purposes without additional compensation, credit, accounting, notification or approval.

Intellectual Property

Neither the Sponsor, nor any of the judges, will retain any intellectual property rights in the technology contained in the entry. However, entries, or portions thereof, may be published on www.iss-foundation.org on the Sponsor’s websites, or in other medium, at Sponsor’s discretion. Additionally, by participating, all Contest Entrants, whether it be an individual or a Team, including any companies, legal entities, employees, contractors or any other affiliate or person who has assisted in the Proposal, irrevocably grants to Sponsor and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sublicensable, unconditional, perpetual and transferable license and right to copyright (only as applicable), reproduce, encode, store, modify, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), the Contest Entrant’s name, state of residence, Entry Form information, image, voice, likeness, statements, biographical material and Proposal, including, without limitation, any additional photographic images, video images, portraits, interviews or other materials relating to the Contest Entrant and arising out of his/her participation in this Contest (collectively, the “Additional Materials”) (in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way, whether by Sponsor, its licensees, or assigns, in Sponsor’s sole discretion) in any media throughout the world, whether now known or hereafter created, for any purpose (including for advertising or promotional purposes), without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from the Contest Entrant or any other party, except as prohibited by law.

Additional Information

All entries will become the physical property of the Sponsor and none will be returned.

As a condition to entry, each Contest Entrant: WARRANTS AND REPRESENTS THAT: (I) HIS/HER PROPOSAL IS ORIGINAL AND HAS BEEN LEGALLY OBTAINED AND CREATED AND (II) DO NOT INFRINGE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, PRIVACY OR PUBLICITY RIGHTS OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR MORAL RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY, OR VIOLATE APPLICABLE LAWS, REGULATIONS OR NETWORK STANDARDS.

Sponsor will not be responsible for late, lost, stolen, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, or misdirected submissions, or for unauthorized human intervention, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. Sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by any technical or human error, which may occur in the processing of entries in the Contest, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors.

Entries must be the Contest Entrants’ original work and must have been solely created by the Contest Entrant. Contest Entrants may withdraw their entry by sending written notice to contest@iss-foundation.org before the entry deadline.

Official Sponsor

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation 
1440 G Street NW, Washington D.C. 20005
P: 703-226-8101
Email: contest@iss-foundation.org
iss-foundation.org 

General Terms and Conditions

This Contest is VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Decisions of Sponsor are final. All entries must be in English. Sponsor will not acknowledge receipt of Proposals. Winners may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release as provided in these Official Rules.

ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY A GRAND PRIZE WINNER OR RUNNER-UP WINNER OR ANY BEHAVIOR BY SAME THAT WILL BRING SUCH PRIZE WINNER OR SPONSOR INTO DISREPUTE (IN THE SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN SUCH PRIZE WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS A PRIZE WINNER FROM THE CONTEST AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS A GRAND PRIZE WINNER OR RUNNER-UP WINNER SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

This Contest is subject to all federal, state, provincial, local, and other jurisdictional laws and regulations. Certain additional restrictions may apply.

Indemnification: Each Contest Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold Sponsor and its respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, members or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of Indemnitees arising out of or in connection with (i) any Proposal, Entry Form or Additional Materials (including, without limitation, any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless or based on the submission of such material); (ii) any breach by the Contest Entrant of any warranty, agreement or representation contained in these Official Rules or terms of service or in any documentation submitted or agreed to by the Contest Entrant; (iii) the Contest Entrant’s conduct during and in connection with this Contest, including, without limitation, trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation; or (iv) the acceptance or use of any award or prize.

Limitations of Liability: Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any computer, online, telephone transmission or technical malfunctions that may occur during participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, or for theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of a Proposal. Sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, Contest Entrants or any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; or for any technical or human error. Sponsor is not responsible for any injury or damage to Contest Entrants or any other person, or to any computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and select winners from among those eligible Contest Entrants from that portion of the Contest that has not been compromised, if any.

Disputes/Governing Law: As a condition of participating in this Contest, Contest Entrants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between and among the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively, before a court of competent jurisdiction located in the Washington, D.C., United States of America, which court shall apply the laws of the State of Delaware without regard for rules of conflicts of law. In any such dispute, under no circumstances shall any Contest Entrant be entitled to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (if any) associated with participating in the Contest, and all such parties hereby waive all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

Force Majeure: If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of fraud, act of God, or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

Copy of Rules/Winners List: To receive a list of the names of the winners or a copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Sponsor by December 31, 2019:

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation 
1440 G Street NW, Washington D.C. 20005
P: 703-226-8101
iss-foundation.org 

The list of winners will also be posted at iss-foundation.org by February 28, 2020.