Three tuna companies join ISSF; membership hits 24
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has three new members: General Tuna Corporation (Philippines), food distributor Tropical Consolidated Corporation (Malaysia) and canned foods company JFE Shoji (Japan).
The tuna processors and distributors will join ISSF’s conservation efforts, General Tuna at the full-participation level and Tropical and JFE Shoji at the associate level. All participating companies work with ISSF to advocate for improved fishery management, fund scientific advancements through research and expert analysis and take direct action to encourage the adoption of responsible fishing practices.
“Applying market influence with fleet owners, retailers, non-participating companies and other stakeholders to clean up the supply chain and advance our collective conservation goals is a substantial tenet of ISSF’s overall strategy,” ISSF President Susan Jackson said. “Adding three new companies, in a variety of countries, expands our ability to do just that, and it means that three more companies are implementing ISSF conservation measures and commitments.”
ISSF launched in 2009 with eight members and today has 24 industry partners, which comprise more than 75 percent of the world’s processing capacity reaching markets in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Pacific Islands and Asia.
All ISSF participants are independently audited to assess compliance with each of the organization’s commitments and conservation measures, the results of which are shared via a company compliance report included in ISSF’s annual report. Founded in part by the World Wildlife Fund, ISSF is based in Washington, D.C., USA.