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Blog: “ISSF Must Now State Members Are NOT Sourcing IUU Tuna” Global, March 22, 13

On the blog of Greenpeace International, a post by Oliver Knowles titled: “The global tuna industry is increasingly an industry divided” gives the activist’s views on IUU and the position of the ISSF.
Knowles writes that he believes that “against the back drop of this growing mood for change and action, some companies are clearly stuck in the past, determined to stick with practices that are unsustainable and even, in some cases illegal. Recent allegations against Dongwon Industries that the so-called fishing licenses it has been using to fish in African waters were forged, meaning that the company had no right to fish in those waters, are a good example”.

According to Knowles, it is “of equal concern that the company implicated in these activities is affiliated with a company with membership of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), the industry body supposedly working to ensure the highest standards of sustainable and ethical practice. Not only do the companies involved in this activity have questions to answer, but so too does the ISSF”.

Greenpeace is of the opinion that ISSF must now state categorically that all of its member companies and close affiliates are not sourcing illegally fished or sourced tuna.

In the blog post Knowles continues: “Membership of the ISSF is not an endpoint for tuna companies. Signing on the line and paying the membership fees is not the end of the journey to sustainability. Quite the opposite. It is just the start. And the ISSF must be clear that this is the case”.

Knowles ends with a positive observation: “The growing mood for change and action on sustainability in the tuna industry, demonstrated so clearly by the recent changes across the Australian market, is good news for consumers. But is also good news for the industry. Many companies now realize this, but many still do not. Anything short of operating sustainably, however, is equivalent to a long and slow suicide”.