ISSF’s Mission: To undertake science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health

Strategic Plan FishIn 2009, acclaimed scientists, leaders in industry and environmental champions launched the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation based on shared concerns about the future of tuna fisheries and a desire to do something about it – together. The five-year strategic plan (2013-2017) that follows builds on the work accomplished to-date and sets a clear path for ISSF to follow for continued improvement of global tuna fisheries and their ecosystem.

ISSF Objectives

  • Improve the sustainability of global tuna stocks by developing and implementing verifiable, science-based practices, commitments and international management measures that result in tuna fisheries meeting the MSC certification standard(1) without conditions, and becoming the industry standard for vessel owners, traders, processors and marketers.
  • ISSF will cooperate with and support Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), and vigorously advocate to RFMO members for the adoption and implementation of science-based management measures so that tuna stocks and their ecosystem are managed comprehensively and sustainably.

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(1) ISSF will seek to achieve conformance with the Marine Stewardship Council’s Performance Indicators (MSC PIs) at an 80 score level, which is sufficient for certification of a fishery without conditions. These Performance Indicators will serve as the basis for ISSF’s assessment of global tuna fisheries, as well as a guide for its areas of focus.