Transparent Accountability Across Tuna Fisheries

2021 Annual Report


The Key to Success: A Science-Based Vision & Practical Programs

Kevin Bixler
Chair, ISSF Board of Directors &
Global Director, Group Fish Procurement, Thai Union Group

Learn More

"The essential first step toward quantifying sustainability, in meaningful ways, is verifiable transparency throughout the supply chain."
Kevin Bixler — Chair, ISSF Board of Directors

Learn More

Whether you’re seated in a quiet boardroom or balanced on the slippery deck of a fishing vessel, experience quickly teaches you the only strategies that work are the ones that get carried out.

I’ve been in both situations, and I’ve seen how — up and down the supply chain, and across the spectrum of business, regulation, NGOs, and research — success depends, more than anything, on execution.

That principle is my constant guide as ISSF’s latest Board Chair, an appointment I was deeply honored to accept in 2021.

Under the guidance of my distinguished predecessor, Luciano Pirovano, ISSF compiled a memorable record: maintaining leadership in non-entangling and biodegradable FAD research; creating key sustainability data resources; and augmenting our array of industry-changing conservation measures. One that took effect in 2021 was ISSF conservation measure 3.7 Transactions with Vessels or Companies with Vessel-based FAD Management Policies. It’s a landmark in our drive to help bring global tuna fisheries closer to meeting the standards for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification without conditions.

An Emphasis on Execution

In each case, the key to success has been a science-based vision followed up with a practical program. My own professional background spans the business aspects of the industry — fishing, sourcing, packaging — where problem-solving means collaboration with the people on the ground, on their own terms, and finding ways to map commitments onto the physical world. So my aim, here and now, is to live up to the elevated standards that ISSF leadership has set, with a stronger-than-ever emphasis on execution.  

And that brings us to transparency. As I was preparing this letter, I happened to notice that even Harvard Business Review is calling sustainable business “mainstream” these days. We’ve known for years that rising numbers of shoppers and diners insist on seafood harvested with care for the well-being of marine life and the oceans. Consumers today expect public commitments from corporations, but they’re wary of greenwashing. So how can they be sure that honest conservation efforts stand behind industry claims?

The essential first step toward quantifying sustainability, in meaningful ways, is verifiable transparency throughout the supply chain. ISSF has been leading the tuna industry toward this ideal for more than a decade, by encouraging sustainable practices and making them visible.

Just this March, for example, we were able to report that our 25 participating companies were 99.6% compliant with all 32 ISSF conservation measures in effect in 2021. That was a newsworthy milestone, because those companies represent the majority of the world’s canned-tuna production.

In 2022 and beyond, we’ll be intensifying our efforts toward execution on those commitments, and helping the industry show consumers, NGOs, and regulators, objectively, where it stands.

Meanwhile, to our old allies and friends, thank you for your confidence and support. To those new to ISSF, welcome to a great adventure: the defense of healthy seas now and in the years to come.

ISSF's scientific team continues to explore how fish aggregating devices (FADs), used to catch almost 40% of the world's tuna, can be built and managed to be more sustainable. Our new video examines myths and facts about FAD fishing.

ISSF's scientific team continues to explore how fish aggregating devices (FADs), used to catch almost 40% of the world's tuna, can be built and managed to be more sustainable. Our new video examines myths and facts about FAD fishing.

A Long-Term Perspective & Continuous Improvement

Susan Jackson
President, ISSF

"The call for transparency and accountability applies to every tuna fishery stakeholder, from vessel owners and fisheries managers to processors and retailers."
Susan Jackson — President, ISSF

Learn More

I am pleased to share our 2021 annual report highlighting ISSF’s accomplishments in tuna sustainability, published — as has become our tradition — on Earth Day, which celebrates our planet’s rich but finite natural resources and reminds us of our individual and collective obligations to protect them.

The theme we’ve chosen for this year’s report — fostering greater transparency and accountability — could apply to ISSF’s work in any year. But it seems especially relevant now, as we emerge from a pandemic that underscored our dependence on science and responsibilities to each other.

Openness and responsiveness are embedded in our organizational DNA: ISSF exists because eight forward-thinking seafood companies in 2009 were willing to put themselves on the line to learn from fisheries scientists how to become better stewards of the sea.

That long-term perspective and commitment to continuous improvement remain fundamental to ISSF’s guiding objective: helping tuna fisheries meet the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard without conditions.

The Importance of the Data Cycle

Transparency and accountability can take many forms, but both hinge on gathering, disseminating, analyzing, and activating data. We can’t make adjustments or fill gaps until we know where or why something is broken, what is missing, or whether previous actions or interventions have been effective.

Two of the articles below — one by ISSF scientist Dr. Hilario Murua on the power of electronic monitoring, and another by Global Tuna Alliance director and ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee member Dr. Tom Pickerell on verifying sustainability commitments — reflect on the importance of the “data cycle” in sustainable fishing.

I hope you enjoy the report — and will explore our full website, redesigned and expanded last year, to learn more. On behalf of the entire ISSF team, thank you for your interest and support. We always welcome your ideas and input.

Watch a video about ISSF's research to develop the next generation of biodegradable fish aggregating device (FAD) — the jelly-FAD, made of organic material and designed to drift slowly in the ocean for a lower environmental impact if lost or abandoned.

Watch a video about ISSF's research to develop the next generation of biodegradable fish aggregating device (FAD) — the jelly-FAD, made of organic material and designed to drift slowly in the ocean for a lower environmental impact if lost or abandoned.

2021 ISSF Highlights

  • We advanced jelly FAD research to design and test the next generation of biodegradable fishing gear.
  • ISSF increased outreach to fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and MSC certification assessments. We also provided feedback for the first time on surveillance audits of current MSC-certified fisheries.
  • We also increased our outreach to Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) to enact measures to protect threatened tuna stocks, including Indian Ocean yellowfin.
  • Our participating companies publicly reported on their labor and social policies, for the first time, against ISSF conservation measure 9.1, which became effective on January 1, 2021.
  • ISSF’s Vessels in Other Sustainability Initiatives (VOSI), a recently introduced public vessel list for seafood sourcing, doubled its registrations since inception, to 500+.

2021 ISSF Highlights

Shining a Light: Commitments and Credibility in the Tuna Supply Chain

Dr. Tom Pickerell
Executive Director, Global Tuna Alliance &
Member, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee

Learn More

"It’s easy — and advantageous — to speak the ‘language’ of seafood sustainability. But it’s challenging to do the work that sustainability requires."
Tom Pickerell — Executive Director, Global Tuna Alliance & Member, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee

Learn More

As people become more aware of the environmental (and even humanitarian) costs of unchecked commercial fishing, their demand for sustainable seafood grows. In turn, the economic incentives for vessels, seafood companies, and retailers to offer “responsibly and ethically caught” fish intensify.

The seafood supply chain is complex and intricate. Tuna is a heavily traded global commodity. How can we verify sustainability claims with confidence, improve our oversight, and distinguish “greenwashers” from committed change-makers? And how can we measure and report on achievements in meaningful ways?

Commitments That Stand Up to Scrutiny

Like ISSF, the Global Tuna Alliance (GTA) — the U.K.-based international organization I’ve led since 2019 — looks beyond bold corporate statements and well-intentioned pledges to scrutinize actions and outcomes instead.

ISSF and the GTA concentrate on different parts of the supply chain, but we build on and complement each other’s work.

For example, ISSF dedicates resources to “on-the-water” research with tuna fleets, translating scientific insights into conservation measures for industry and best-practice recommendations for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs). And all ISSF Participating Companies are producers, marketers and/or traders of tuna.

The GTA focuses on “on-land” outreach to seafood wholesalers and retailers. Our corporate partners are market leaders, selling 20% of global tuna production and employing 1.2 million people in 116 countries.

Under the GTA’s “2025 Pledge Towards Sustainable Tuna” strategic plan (PDF) — which spans transparency/traceability, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility — partners conduct self-surveys and undergo third-party audits on key performance indicators (KPIs), such as sourcing from vessels with 100% observer coverage. Our just-published Year-One survey results (PDF) showed that the GTA partners collectively met 37% of their performance targets — an encouraging start.

ISSF participating companies have been setting a good example in their commitment to ISSF’s audit and compliance policy, and it’s a commitment that other stakeholders — like the ones I work with at the GTA — are following as we commence our own journey toward verified transparency. 

The GTA’s “on-land” work also involves engaging directly with government officials and RFMO members, urging them to enact progressive legislation and conservation policies on port-state measures, illegal fishing prevention, and many other issues. For example, the GTA recently partnered with the Sustainable Seafood Coalition to call for better management of marine biodiversity in the high seas.

A Call to Action for Transparent Accountability

At the GTA and as a member of ISSF’s Environmental Stakeholder Committee, I’m proud to have a role in helping to build a better seafood supply chain for lasting sustainability. And I urge other stakeholders to rally and contribute to the cause:

  • When proven solutions for sustainable fishing exist, such as electronic monitoring systems to provide observer coverage, vessels and fisheries managers must embrace and implement them in a timely, decisive way.
  • Certified fisheries and fishery improvement projects (FIPs), which are downstream of the market, need to step up their advocacy efforts. They are uniquely qualified and empowered to exert pressure on RFMOs to commit to more sustainable fishing policies — and help them address their outstanding improvement needs.
  • Poor stock status ultimately is the biggest challenge in tuna sustainability. RFMOs must optimize, not neglect, their stock management analysis — and adopt thoughtful precautionary measures.
  • We’re fortunate that so many individual environmental NGOs are working in the tuna and ocean conservation space. But they run the risk of duplicating efforts — and perpetuating “initiative fatigue” in the larger sustainability community. They also will inevitably disagree at times on priorities and tactics. Diversity of opinion among NGOs is natural and healthy, of course. But for maximum impact, we should strive to plan and act as a unified front.
  • Government officials, not fishers, are the ones who raise fishing quotas and make other shortsighted decisions that undercut sustainability. Constituents need to hold politicians to task and let them know that their actions are being watched — and will be addressed.
  • Good science should factor into RFMO decision-making much more than it does currently. But advocates cannot ignore the economic consequences that policy decisions could have on particular member nations and fisheries.

For sustainable seafood, what we say carries weight, and we should mean what we say. But what we do matters most, and we share a responsibility to act.

Conservation Measures

Since 2009, ISSF has adopted conservation measures to promote and accelerate sustainability best practices for processors, traders, marketers, and others in the seafood industry — and improve the long-term health of tuna fisheries.

Find Out More:
View ISSF Conservation Measures

ISSF expects the tuna industry to demonstrate and deepen its commitment to sustainable fishing and responsible seafood sourcing. From bycatch mitigation to product traceability, each ISSF participating company has committed to comply with ISSF conservation measures and other commitments designed to drive positive change — and to do so transparently through third-party audits.

And tuna vessels of all gear types can join our ProActive Register (PVR), an online database, and be audited on their compliance with select ISSF sustainability measures. In 2020, ISSF introduced a new tool for verified transparency with the release of our “Vessels in Other Sustainability Initiatives (VOSI)” list — a first-of-its-kind searchable, online list of vessels worldwide that are fishing in a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified tuna fishery and/or participating in a tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP).  

Vessels in Other Sustainability Initiatives (VOSI) list

Vessels in Other Sustainability Initiatives (VOSI) list

Participating Company Compliance

Learn More

Each ISSF participating company commits to comply with all ISSF conservation measures — which cover everything from vessel transactions to product labeling — and be independently audited on their operational transparency and compliance. In 2021, companies made continued progress in conformance with ISSF conservation measures. MRAG Americas conducts independent third-party auditing to assess and report compliance based on a rigorous compliance audit protocol.

Find Out More:
View the ISSF Annual Conservation Measures & Commitments Compliance Report

Download Full Individual Company Compliance Audit Reports

View the Compliance Policy

Status of the Stocks

Every year, as a tool for all stakeholders interested in tuna management, we produce a Status of the Stocks report that scientifically assesses 23 commercial tuna stocks worldwide based on the most recent abundance and fishing mortality data estimated by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs).

The comprehensive report indicates how a stock is being managed — including through reference points and harvest control rules — and whether it is at "healthy" levels, overfished, or in danger of becoming overfished. Status of the Stocks also examines the environmental impact of tuna fishing on other marine species, or “bycatch.”

To visualize current and historical data from our stock report — on tuna stock health, and tuna catch by fishing method — use our Interactive Stock Status Tool. You can download and share the customized graphics you create.

Find Out More:
View our Interactive Stock Status Tool

Global Tuna Fisheries & the MSC Standard

Learn More

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a globally recognized sustainable-seafood program. Helping tuna fisheries to meet MSC sustainability criteria continues to be ISSF's ultimate objective. All of ISSF's work, including its tools and programs, supports MSC certification and fishery improvement more broadly.

ISSF publishes an independent report that evaluates and "scores" tuna stocks against MSC principles focused on stock status and management effectiveness (Principle 1 and Principle 3, respectively). ISSF also has published a preliminary report by MSC auditors who pre-assessed tuna fisheries based on MSC Principle 2 (environmental impact). Read more about the MSC certification process and fisheries improvement on our website.

Find Out More:
An Evaluation of the Sustainability of Global Tuna Stocks Relative to Marine Stewardship Council Criteria

Electronic Monitoring in RFMOs: A Journey Towards Transparency

Dr. Hilario Murua
Senior Scientist, ISSF

Learn More

"In short, EM improves the science underpinning the sustainable use of resources. It also strengthens the monitoring, control, and surveillance of fishing operations to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities."
Hilario Murua — Senior Scientist, ISSF

When we talk about verified transparency in the tuna industry, it all begins on the water. Tuna are highly migratory, and tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) are responsible for managing over 300 million square kilometers of ocean. Reliable monitoring at the surface of the ocean remains a challenging obstacle to achieving robust transparency and a fully traceable network within the supply chain.

Electronic monitoring (or “EM”) — video technology linked to a vessel’s position — is a highly effective and proven avenue to remotely monitor vessel activity at sea. EM serves to:

  • Improve accountability, transparency and traceability for fishing and at-sea transshipment operations
  • Independently verify reported catch-and-effort data and compliance with management measures
  • Provide critical scientific data on target and non-target species to RFMOs in the swiftest way possible

Fisheries Fall Short of the Target

Although it’s been shown that observer coverage requirements to allow accurate estimates of the bycatch of non-target species should be between 20-50% of the fishing operations (and higher for compliance purposes), most tuna fisheries worldwide fall far short of this target.

ISSF Conservation Measure 4.3(a) requires 100% observer coverage (human or electronic) for large-scale purse-seine vessels. Similarly, there is a 100% requirement for large tropical-tuna purse-seine vessels in all ocean regions except for the Indian Ocean, where coverage must increase. The observer coverage requirement for smaller purse seiners and other types of fishing vessels, including longline vessels, is 5-10% in tuna RFMOs — not nearly enough to obtain reasonably accurate scientific data on fishing activity and to monitor the fishing operations.

Moreover, relying solely on human observers for long-trip vessels and/or small vessels where it is hard to place additional people has proven difficult — especially given the travel and staffing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. By embracing EM in all ocean regions, RFMOs can dramatically increase observer-coverage rates across gear types.

Setting EM Standards for Vessels

As a first step, minimum standards for EM — specifically for the installation, collection, analysis, and storage of data — are needed to ensure that the required data is collected accurately, in line with strict quality controls and in a standardized form.

But RFMOs have made minimal progress towards this goal; none of the major tuna RFMOs have implemented substantial electronic monitoring programs. In response, ISSF continues to advocate for the adoption of minimum standards for EM and for 100% observer coverage, whether human or electronic, on tuna vessels — and we will continue working alongside RFMOs until we get it done.

Among their many benefits, vessel electronic monitoring systems (EMS) improve accountability, transparency and traceability for fishing and at-sea transshipment operations. Our animated videographic shows how purse-seine tuna vessels should configure and operate EMS.

Among their many benefits, vessel electronic monitoring systems (EMS) improve accountability, transparency and traceability for fishing and at-sea transshipment operations. Our animated videographic shows how purse-seine tuna vessels should configure and operate EMS.

International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)

ICCAT — EM Working group must facilitate an increased observer coverage requirement

  • At 2019 annual meeting, adopted conservation measures for tropical tunas that call for increasing observer coverage on longline vessels and for the development of EM minimum standards for longliners
  • At 2021 annual meeting, created an EM Working Group, but no further action

Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)

IATTC — Draft proposals and workshops, but no new measures on the near horizon

  • Began draft proposal in 2019 for the development of minimum standards for EM systems on longline and purse seine fleets; these standards are being further refined by IATTC
  • Agreed to a series of workshops at the 2021 annual meeting for the implementation of EM in the IATTC area by 2025

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)

WCPFC — Long-established working group must deliver in 2022

  • Established a working group on electronic reporting and electronic monitoring for developing EM standards in 2014
  • Producing proposal for regional E-monitoring program and minimum standards for next annual meeting

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)

IOTC — Scientific advice, working groups, and proposals, but no action

  • Scientific Committee recommended the development of minimum standards for EM for all IOTC tuna fisheries in 2018
  • Scientific Committee developed a draft proposal for development of minimum standards for EM systems on purse seine, longline and gillnet fleets in 2020
  • Created a working group on EM in 2021, but no further action

Science-Based Recommendations to RFMOs

Learn More

ISSF and its partners cooperate with and support Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), and we vigorously advocate to RFMO members for the adoption and implementation of science-based management measures so that tuna stocks and their ecosystems are managed comprehensively and sustainably.

Our advocacy priorities include:

  • Implementation of rigorous harvest strategies, including harvest control rules (HCRs) and reference points
  • Effective management of fleet capacity, including establishing mechanisms that support developing coastal state engagement in the fishery
  • Science-based FAD management measures, requiring the use of both non-entangling FAD designs and biodegradable materials, and adopting FAD marking guidelines and tracking and recovery policies
  • Strengthened RFMO member compliance processes, including greater transparency in these processes to ensure full compliance with all adopted measures
  • Strengthened MCS measures, including tightening the regulation of at-sea transshipment; reforming vessel monitoring systems; increasing observer coverage on fishing vessels and carriers through wider use of modern technologies, such as EM/ER; and adopting port State measures
  • Adoption of best-practice bycatch mitigation for sea turtles, sharks and rays, seabirds, and effective shark conservation and management measures

Find Out More:
Read a review of RFMO achievements and shortcomings in 2021 by Holly Koehler, Vice President, Policy & Outreach, published in SeafoodSource

Collaborative Research Investment

In 2021, ISSF participating companies contributed more than $4 million to our work. And over ISSF’s 13-year history, ISSF companies have invested more than $46 million. That amount does not include contributions in the form of vessel time and equipment that make ISSF’s tuna fisheries research possible — an amount valued at over $80 million this year and typically ranging from $50-100 million per year depending on the research program.

Of course, this investment in our research projects is a collaborative effort with other scientific, research, and management institutions, whose investment last year in our shared projects exceeded another $8.9 million.

A visual overview of our revenue and our expenses shows how working dollars are allocated across ISSF’s Science, Influence, and Verification strategic pillars of work as well as our areas of focus — tuna stock health; bycatch and FADs; monitoring control and surveillance (MCS) and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities; and capacity management.

ISSF Partners and Stakeholders

Through our Board, committees, and staff, ISSF collaborates with many partner and stakeholder organizations — scientists, seafood industry leaders, NGO experts, fishing policymakers, and more.

Find Out More:
View the ISSF Universe of Partners and Stakeholders infographic


  • Susan Jackson — President, ISSF
  • Holly Koehler — Vice President, Policy and Outreach
  • Dr. Victor Restrepo — Vice President, Science & Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Mary Sestric — Vice President, Communications
  • Pat Moody — Vice President, Finance
  • Michael Cohen — Markets Outreach Associate
  • Ana Justel-Rubio — Research Assistant
  • Lynne Mandel — Manager, Operations & Company Services
  • Dr. Hilario Murua — Senior Scientist
  • Dr. Gala Moreno — Senior Scientist
  • Dr. Lorena Recio-Vázquez — Data Analyst & Research Assistant
  • Sharon Tomasic — Content Manager

Read ISSF Staff Bios

Scientific Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Victor Restrepo — Vice President, Science, ISSF & Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Dr. Meryl J. Williams — Vice Chair, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee & Global Environment Facility & Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Commission
  • Dr. Alexandre Aires-da-Silva — Member, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee & Coordinator of Scientific Research, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)
  • Alejandro Anganuzzi — Member, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee & Global Coordinator, Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project
  • Dr. Laurent Dagorn — Member, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee & Senior Scientist, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
  • Dr. John Hampton — Member, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee & Chief Scientist, Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division, The Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Dr. Andrew Rosenberg — Member, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee & Director, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Dr. Josu Santiago — Member, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee & Head of Area Tuna Research, AZTI-Tecnalia
  • Dr. Keith Sainsbury — Member, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee & Marine and Fisheries Research
  • Dr. Gerald Scott — Member, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee & Independent Fisheries Scientist
  • Dr. Dale Squires — Member, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee & Senior Scientist and Economist, U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service

Read Scientific Advisory Committee Bios

Board of Directors

  • Kevin Bixler — Chair, ISSF Board of Directors & Global Director, Group Fish Procurement, Thai Union Group
  • Dr. Rohan Currey — Chief Science & Standards Officer, Marine Stewardship Council
  • Susan Jackson — President, ISSF
  • William Gibbons-Fly — Executive Director, American Tunaboat Association (ATA)
  • Dr. Transform Aqorau — Adjunct Visiting Fellow, School of Government, Development and International Affairs, University of South Pacific & Senior Visiting Fellow, Australian National Centre for Oceans, Resources and Security, University of Wollongong
  • John Connelly — President, National Fisheries Institute
  • Dr. Giuseppe Di Carlo — Director, WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative
  • Javier Garat — Secretary General, Spanish Fishing Confederation, Cepesca & Chairman, Association of National Organisations of Fishery Enterprises in the European Union (Europêche) & Chairman, International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA)
  • Bill Holden — Chair, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee & Senior Tuna Fisheries Outreach Manager, Marine Stewardship Council
  • Ichiro Nomura — Fisheries Policy Advisor, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Republic of Indonesia
  • Dr. Victor Restrepo — Vice President, Science, ISSF & Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Dr. Martin Tsamenyi — Professor of Law, University of Wollongong

Read Board of Directors Bios

Environmental Stakeholder Committee

  • Bill Holden — Chair, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee & Senior Tuna Fisheries Outreach Manager, Marine Stewardship Council
  • Sonja Fordham — Member, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee & Founder, Shark Advocates International
  • Ben Gilmer — Member, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee & Chief of Staff, Large-Scale Fisheries Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly — Member, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee & Vice President, Global Ocean Initiatives, Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Sara Lewis — Member, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee & Traceability Division Director, FishWise
  • Dr. Vishwanie Maharaj — Member, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee & Lead, Tunas and Other Multilateral Fisheries, World Wildlife Fund-Inc. (WWF-US)
  • Dr. Alexia Morgan — Member, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee & Science Lead, Tuna and Large Pelagic Species, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP)
  • Dr. Tom Pickerell — Member, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee & Executive Director, Global Tuna Alliance

Read Environmental Stakeholder Committee Bios

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) — a global coalition of seafood companies, fisheries experts, scientific and environmental organizations, and the vessel community — promotes science-based initiatives for long-term tuna conservation, FAD management, bycatch mitigation, marine ecosystem health, capacity management, and illegal fishing prevention. Helping global tuna fisheries meet sustainability criteria to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard — without conditions — is ISSF's ultimate objective.

SUBSCRIBE Sign up for the eNewsletter