10th Anniversary

In 2009, acclaimed scientists, leaders in industry and environmental champions launched the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) based on shared concerns about the future of global tuna fisheries and a desire to do something about it – together.

ISSF develops and implements verifiable, science-based practices, commitments, and conservation and fisheries management measures that can:

  • Ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of global tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting tuna ecosystem health
  • Enable tuna fisheries to meet the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard without conditions
  • Become the industry standard for vessel owners and seafood traders, processors and marketers

    A Global Coalition

    The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — the world’s leading conservation organization — promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health.

    Helping global tuna fisheries meet sustainability criteria to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard — without conditions — is ISSF’s ultimate objective.


    Our contributions to advancing sustainable fisheries — which are explored on our “Decade of Discovery” timeline — include:

    ISSF Strategic Plan

    ISSF launched its second five-year strategic plan in 2018, which formalized support for fisheries improvement projects.

    10th Anniversary Celebration

    In 2019, we celebrated ISSF’s first “Decade of Discovery” of researching, sharing, and advocating best practices in sustainable tuna fishing.

    ISSF Seafood Sustainability Contest Winners

    As part of our 10th anniversary events, we sponsored the ISSF Seafood Sustainability Contest — awarding prizes to two up-and-coming fisheries scientists to support their bycatch-mitigation research projects.

    Visit our YouTube channel to watch videos about the contest and the Grand Prize Winner.

    Decade of Discovery Timeline

    Our “Decade of Discovery” timeline highlights ISSF milestones from our founding in 2009 through our 10th anniversary year.