Chapter Objectives

  1. Introduce ISSF's mission and approach.
  2. Provide examples of ISSF's ongoing activities and outreach.
  3. Provide information about ISSF's Participating Companies.
  4. Highlight the importance of observers in effective fisheries management.

About ISSF

In 2008, fisheries scientists, industry leaders, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) founded the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) based on shared concerns about the future of tuna fisheries and a desire to do something about it—together. The global coalition launched publicly in March of 2009 and today has partners and supporters working in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, and Oceania.

ISSF’s mission is to undertake science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health.

The organization’s objective is to 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 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.