The ISSF team works collaboratively with peer scientists, academics, environmental experts, governing bodies, and other stakeholders on issues where we can advance our understanding about sustainable fishing —and make a positive impact.
We publish reports, develop resources, and host events that support fishery health in key areas: tuna conservation, fish aggregating device (FAD) management, marine ecosystem health, bycatch reduction, capacity management, and illegal fishing prevention.
More than 70% of ISSF’s resources support original, collaborative research — including on the water and onboard tuna vessels, alongside fishers — conducted by fisheries and marine scientists.
Our scientists document activities and insights from ISSF at-sea research projects, international workshops and meetings, and fisheries data analysis.
In addition to advocating best practices in fisheries management to RFMOs — through reports, snapshots, and other materials — ISSF develops best-practices resources for fishers, including skippers workshops and guidebooks and an illustrated guide for building Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) that are both non-entangling and biodegradable.
We compile, evaluate, and publish data and findings that are useful to fisheries managers and other stakeholders, covering tuna stock status, FAD management, bycatch rates and mitigation efforts, electronic monitoring, purse-seine fleet capacity, and other topics. ISSF scientists also contribute to RFMO working groups and meetings.
The fisheries and marine scientists on ISSF’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) help to guide our research activities and publications.
SAC members offer objective information and input to ISSF’s scientists, leadership, and Board of Directors on a volunteer basis.
In our infographics library, you’ll find original ISSF graphics on key fisheries-science topics — including bycatch rates, FAD management, and research progress timelines and maps.