UNITED STATES: The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released a new strategic plan for 2018-2022, which lays out the research and advocacy organization’s mission and approach to meeting sustainability objectives over the next five years.
The new strategic plan is activated through three core pillars of science, influence, and verification, including tuna stock health and fisheries bycatch, outreach to Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and vessels, partnerships with tuna companies and fishery improvement support.
ISSF’s aims at improving the sustainability of global tuna fisheries so as to obtain the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification standard without conditions.
“Since ISSF began its work in 2009, tuna fisheries have changed, the industry has changed, and sustainability challenges have strengthened stakeholder cooperation,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson.
“As progress is made and priorities evolve, it is essential to recalibrate our strategies to continue to drive the industry towards a more sustainable future. That’s what Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries allows us to do,” she added.
The Foundation also plans to monitor emerging labor and social standards for tuna fishing activities, and to consider how ISSF and its almost 30 participating tuna companies can support standards for best labor practices.
Furthermore, ISSF has launched an infographic microsite that explores five focus areas of the strategic scheme Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries - A Five-Year Plan: bycatch mitigation, FADs and FAD management, illegal fishing, industry commitment, and harvest strategies.
For all focus areas, ISSF cites outcomes to date as a result of its model of scientific research, knowledge sharing, and advocacy.
The 2018-2022 strategic plan was developed with input from ISSF partners representing external stakeholder groups and organizations, including the scientific, charitable foundation, and NGO communities.