Korea’s largest tuna processor joins ISSF
South Korea’s Dongwon Group is the latest to join the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).
The tuna processor has completed an audit demonstrating compliance with ISSF conservation measures and bylaws after submitting its application to join the foundation in May.
“Tuna plays a major role in Korea’s fisheries economy and Korea can play a significant role in the sustainability of tuna stock in all oceans,” said Susan Jackson, ISSF president. “Dongwon is in a prime position to bring the advocacy and advancements we develop at ISSF to leaders in Korea, and throughout the world, and ISSF welcomes the leadership.”
Dongwon has its eye on expanding globally, acquiring U.S. canned tuna giant StarKist in 2008 and West African cannery Société Nouvelle de Conserverie du Sénégal in 2010. In March of this year, the company launched talks to acquire Grupo Calvo, Spain’s leading tuna canner.
ISSF launched in 2009 with eight participating companies and today has 21 industry partners, which comprise more than 75 percent of the world’s processing capacity with well-known brands produced and sold in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Pacific Islands and Asia.