US - The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its 2015 annual report which outlines tuna sustainability progress and achievements and argues for continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy.
“Since 2009, ISSF has advanced science-driven approaches to sustainable tuna fisheries and served as a convener and facilitator for collaboration amongst a diverse group of stakeholders that share common goals,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson.
“In 2015, we continued to leverage this cross-stakeholder engagement to support and vigorously advocate to Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs).”
“We’re making progress toward the adoption and implementation of science-based measures that advance sustainably managed tuna stocks,” Ms Jackson said, “and we’re pleased to share the global impacts of our work – from the water to the shelf – in the 2015 annual report.”
The report, Global Reach, Global Impact, also emphasises successful industry engagement, including ISSF participating companies’ compliance with ISSF conservation measures. The 2015 report shows a conformance rate of 87 percent, across all companies, across all measures – an increase from nearly 80 percent in 2014. For the first time since ISSF started tracking and reporting company compliance in 2013 – and in response to requests for deeper information – ISSF is publishing individual compliance reports for each participating company, available on the ISSF website.
“Hundreds of millions of people around the globe rely on tuna as a primary food source and an occupation. The issues impacting global tuna stocks are complex. They can’t be solved by one organization or through one approach,” said ISSF Chairman Juan Corrales.
“But we know sustainability is achievable. It requires collaboration, science-driven approaches, continuous learning and a long-term commitment. And yes, it takes a strong industry committed to participation.”
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