New ISSF Board of Directors Members
In our 10th anniversary year, we were honored to welcome three experts in sustainable fishing to the ISSF Board of Directors: Dr. Rohan Currey, Dr. Giuseppe Di Carlo, and Dr. Martin Tsamenyi.
The ISSF Board of Directors is a diverse group of leaders from non-governmental organizations, marine science, government agencies, and the seafood industry, representing several countries. In addition to their fiduciary and governance responsibilities, Board members advance the mission of the Foundation — including through the adoption of ISSF conservation measures for ISSF participating companies.
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Acoustic Discrimination Research
ISSF’s Dr. Gala Moreno leads our studies on “acoustic discrimination” technology that allows purse-seiners to fish more selectively around FADs — and avoid catching non-target-tuna species or other marine animals. Echolocation equipment can help fishers to identify the different species around FADs, which respond to unique acoustic frequencies, as well as their size.
PLOS ONE — the peer-reviewed, open-access journal of the Public Library of Science — published an article Dr. Moreno co-authored with Dr. Victor Restrepo, Dr. Guillermo Boyra, Igor Sancristobal, and David Itano called, “Towards acoustic discrimination of tropical tuna associated with Fish Aggregating Devices,” which summarized the results of their acoustic equipment tests at sea.
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NGO Tuna Forum
ISSF is part of the NGO Tuna Forum, established in 2017 to create consensus, share information, and spur aligned advocacy on critical issues in tuna sustainability. There are 26 members of the Forum today, including the Environmental Defense Fund, FishWise, Greenpeace, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and WWF. ISSF’s Susan Jackson and Holly Koehler were part of the Forum’s 2019 meeting in New York, where Koehler presented ISSF’s Best Practices on Strengthening RFMO Compliance. They also contributed priority RFMO advocacy recommendations to Forum working groups — for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), and another on 100% longline observer coverage. Later in 2019, Jackson and Koehler participated in the Forum market engagement working groups for the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and the Western Pacific Tuna Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).
ISSF’s site offers the Forum’s first collaboratively authored “best practices” guides — on FAD management and transshipment — for RFMOs, FIPs, fisheries, and other stakeholders, which have been updated for 2020.
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Joint Tuna RFMO Working Group on FADs Meeting
In San Diego, California, ISSF’s Susan Jackson, Dr. Victor Restrepo, Holly Koehler, Dr. Gala Moreno, and Juan Pedro Monteagudo were part of the Joint Tuna RFMO Working Group on FADs meeting. Dr. Moreno made a keynote presentation on ISSF research on mitigating fish aggregating device (FAD) environmental impacts in tropical tuna purse-seine fisheries.