More Companies Join International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

10 December 2014, at 12:00am

GLOBAL - General Tuna Corporation, food distributor Tropical Consolidated Corporation, and canned foods company JFE Shoji are the latest tuna processors and distributors to join the conservation efforts of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).

General Tuna Corporation will become a full Participating Company and the others will begin at the associate level.

All Participating Companies work with the Foundation 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 – all while committing to a suite of conservation measures aimed at improving the long-term health of global tuna fisheries.

“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 Participating Companies and today has 24 industry partners, which comprise more than 75 per cent of the world’s processing capacity, with well-known brands and foods produced and sold in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Pacific Islands and Asia.

All ISSF Participating Companies are independently audited via comprehensive methods designed to assess compliance with each of ISSF’s commitments and conservation measures, the results of which are shared via a company compliance report included in ISSF’s annual report.