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Ocean Canning Corporation teams up with ISSF. The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has announced that a Filipino canning company as new participating company in its tuna sustainability initiative.

The Ocean Canning Corporation has become the 26th company to work with ISSF in its bid to make tuna fisheries more sustainable.

ISSF participating companies work with the Foundation to advocate for sustainable tuna fishery management and encourage the adoption of responsible fishing practices.

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 organisation — promoting science-based initiatives

About ISSF tuna conservation

Understanding the health of the tuna stocks on which the world relies is a critical first step to promoting tuna conservation globally. Each year, ISSF’s Scientific Advisory Committee publishes the Status of the Stocks Report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of tuna stocks by species. This report informs their research and advocacy priorities.

For example, the overfishing of a particular tuna species may inform ISSF’s at-sea research to test technical methods to manage the catch of the species. Then, as the health of the stock demands, ISSF advocates for specific conservation measures for a particular tuna species at the RFMO level. ISSF includes an appeal regarding conservation measures aimed at protecting the species in its outreach to the relevant RFMO. Finally, ISSF may also choose to establish its own conservation measure or commitment to further support tuna conservation efforts.

Globally speaking, ISSF endorses the application of the precautionary approach using clear target and limit reference points and harvest control rules (HCRs), as called for by the UN Fish Stocks Agreement and by some RFMO Conventions. While most tuna RFMOs have at least begun consideration of limit reference points through their science committees, none have fully implemented these measures. ISSF urges all tuna RFMOs to adopt stock-specific limit and target reference points and HCRs.

Most importantly, ISSF devotes its resources to promoting these best practices with fisheries managers globally, via workshops and knowledge sharing. The precautionary approach is one of the most important actions that RFMO members can take to ensure the long-term sustainability of tuna stocks.