Marine-science graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who have innovative ideas for the next generation of sustainable fishing practices are invited to enter the ISSF Seafood Sustainability Contest.
The contest is open to eligible individuals and teams worldwide beginning March 13, 2019, through midnight December 31, 2019. Competition judges will announce one $45,000 Grand Prize winner and one $10,000 Runner-Up Prize winner on February 28, 2020.
The Grand Prize includes a trip (airfare and travel expenses paid for) for the winning individual or team representative to attend a major tuna sustainability conference or event selected by ISSF with the potential to present the winning idea to diverse stakeholders.
FOCUS AREAS FOR CONTEST ENTRIES
- Reducing the bycatch and fishing mortality of sharks
- Reducing the bycatch and fishing mortality of marine mammals
- Maximizing the catch of skipjack tuna in FAD sets while minimizing the catch of yellowfin and bigeye tuna (Skipjack stocks are at healthier levels of abundance than yellowfin and bigeye stocks)
- Reducing the impacts that lost FADs can have on ocean ecosystems and habitats, such as beaching and pollution
A panel of five judges composed of experts from academia and the fishing industry will determine the winners based on the originality of the idea, conservation impact, impact on skipjack catches, degree to which idea has been tested, feasibility of industry-wide implementation, and cost effectiveness. The judges are:
- Victor Restrepo, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Chair
- Josu Santiago, ISSF SAC Member
- Laurent Dagorn, ISSF SAC Member / Chair of SAC Bycatch Steering Committee
- Gala Moreno, ISSF Consultant
- Miguel Herrera, OPAGAC