Now in our second decade, we continue to conduct collaborative scientific research and advocate sustainable-fishing policies — promoting best practices to vessel owners, fishers, seafood companies, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, and other stakeholders.
To undertake and facilitate science-based initiatives to continuously improve the sustainability of global tuna fisheries and the health of the ecosystems that support them.
ISSF is a global research and advocacy non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on tuna sustainability.
We do not rate the sustainability of seafood choices, however, or make seafood purchase recommendations for consumers. ISSF also does not certify seafood or fisheries or provide an eco-label — like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) “blue check” — for seafood products.
Instead, we help fisheries to meet and maintain MSC certification requirements for sustainable fishing. We also guide seafood companies in sourcing sustainably caught tuna.
ISSF is unique in uniting a long-term vision of conservation with a businesslike concern for accountability and results.
Our success depends on the diversity of our stakeholders: scientists, NGOs, governments, and foundations as well as fishing, processing, retail, and food-service companies. Working together, our stakeholders develop science-based policies and practices that get proven results.
Support from conservation-oriented foundations balances the support we receive from industry. Scientific institutions, NGOs, and fishing companies provide in-kind support as well as financial backing. All of our sponsors respect our independence. No supporting organization controls our policies, our practices, or the findings of our research.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sets the most widely recognized standard for fishery sustainability. Fisheries work with ISSF to bring their tuna-stock, ecosystem, and fishery-management performance up to MSC expectations.
Continuously Improving Global Tuna Fishery Sustainability outlines ISSF’s approach to achieving its objective by 2027.
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The Update to ISSF Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report (PDF) examines how all ISSF participating companies performed in 2021 against ISSF Conservation Measures and Commitments.