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ISSF: IUU Fishing Hurts Tuna Sustainability Efforts

ISSF President Testifies in Support of House Bill

Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing hurts sustainability efforts, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) President Susan Jackson told congressional leaders on Capitol Hill.

The House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife is considering H.R. 1080, which would strengthen legislation aimed at IUU fishing.

“ISSF shares the committee’s belief that catching tuna, or any seafood, by IUU practices is simply not sustainable,” Jackson testified.

Jackson testified the same week ISSF unveiled its mission to work towards sustainable tuna stocks worldwide and the overall health of the ecosystems those stocks depend on. The ISSF board has adopted conservation measures to refrain from transactions in tuna caught by known IUU fishing offenders.

 “Sound science is the basis on which the ISSF board recently adopted its first conservation measures and issued its first statement of concern,” Jackson told the subcommittee. “These actions share many of the same goals that H.R. 1080 addresses.”

ISSF also offered support for a provision in the bill which sets aside money and assistance for the International Cooperation and Assistance Program to address IUU fishing and better manage fisheries. ISSF already pledged to help RFMOs collect more complete data on the world’s tuna stocks.

Chairwoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo thanked Jackson for her testimony saying, “I’m pleased to see global, broad-based collaborative groups like ISSF working to address the IUU fishing problem.”

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global partnership among scientists, the tuna industry and the environmental non-governmental organization community. Its mission is to undertake science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing by-catch and promoting ecosystem health.