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 Board
Strategic direction

Scientists & Scientific Agencies

  • Scientific papers & presentations
  • Policy & priority recommendations
  • Meetings, working groups, & side events
  • Sustainability information
  • Policy & program recommendations
  • Advocacy efforts & events
  • Pilot & capacity-building projects

Vessel Community

Retailers & Food Service Companies

  • Tuna sourcing & procurement guidelines
  • Seafood sustainability information
  • RFMO advocacy

Charitable Foundations

  • Scientific research & training
  • Collaborative & pilot projects
  • Sustainability awareness & education
influencers & decision-makers


To undertake and facilitate science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of global tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting tuna ecosystem health.

Our Objectives

Improve the sustainability of global tuna stocks by developing and implementing verifiable, science-based practices, commitments and international management measures that:

  • Become the industry standard for vessel owners, traders, processors and marketers

Our Approach

To achieve our mission and objectives, ISSF will:

  • Cooperate with and support Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) in achieving their objectives of tuna stock and ecosystem conservation
  • Vigorously advocate for the adoption and implementation of science-based management measures so that tuna stocks and their ecosystem are managed comprehensively and sustainably
  • Employ and promote sound science for attaining maximum sustainable yields of targeted tuna stocks while providing for the health and care of the marine ecosystem
  • Support certification programs that meet the 2005 eco-labeling guidelines of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Learn more about our Areas of Focus.