Seafood Industry Leader Tony Lazazzara of Thai Union to Chair ISSF Board
ISSF announced Tony Lazazzara of Thai Union Group as Chair of its Board of Directors. Mr. Lazazzara is Director of Group Fish Procurement for Thai Union Group. He succeeds Kevin Bixler, formerly of Thai Union, in the role, upon Mr. Bixler’s move to Peter Pan Seafood.
“I am thankful for Kevin Bixler’s guidance over the last year as ISSF Board Chair, and I wish Kevin all the best in his new position as CEO at Peter Pan,” said Susan Jackson, President, ISSF.
“I am excited to welcome Tony Lazazzara as our new Chair. Tony’s deep industry knowledge and can-do attitude are an ideal match for ISSF’s practical approach to improving the sustainability of global tuna fisheries,” she continued. “We are fortunate to have a tenured and well-respected industry leader at our helm. I look forward to working with him.”
ISSF also announced a new addition to its Environmental Stakeholder Committee (ESC). Dr. Andre Boustany, Principal Investigator of Global Ocean Conservation at Monterey Bay Aquarium, joins the Committee, replacing Jennifer Dianto-Kemmerly, Vice President, Global Ocean Initiatives, Monterey Bay Aquarium.
ISSF Reviews ICCAT Annual Meeting
Bluefin Harvest Strategy and Progress on Compliance Reforms Among Positive Meeting Outcomes
ISSF is welcoming some progress for Atlantic Ocean tuna fisheries from the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). We are pleased to see that the Commission made gains overall, specifically in adopting its second management procedure, advancing compliance improvements, and adopting measures for the protection of non-target species and sharks.
Newest ISSF Participating Tuna Company Compliance Report Shows 99.6 Percent Conformance with ISSF Conservation Measures
ISSF recently released its seventh annual Update to ISSF Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report (PDF), which shows a conformance rate of 99.6 percent by 25 ISSF participating companies with all 32 ISSF conservation measures in effect. Following the remediation period, 22 of the companies were fully compliant with all measures audited.
Two of the measures were newly in effect for the 2021 audit period.
“The transparent and independent auditing process these companies volunteer to undergo builds a foundation of accountability that makes our conservation measures effective and helps to hold other industry players to high standards,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson.
Western Central Pacific tuna stocks in need of urgent safeguarding, warn groups
New tool developed to monitor health of marine ecosystems and extinction risk of species