Marine Science and Conservation Experts Join ISSF Committees
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and WWF
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Environmental Stakeholder Committee (ESC) and one addition to its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Global Fisheries Coordinator Jim Humphreys, FishWise Project Director Kathleen Mullen-Ley, and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Global Tuna Director Tom Pickerell will contribute their experience to the ISSF ESC. Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Senior Scientist-Investigator Dr. Alexandre Aires-da-Silva will join the SAC.
“The addition of Jim, Kathleen and Tom to the ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee is integral to continuing the march toward the organization’s objectives laid out in ISSF’s five-year Strategic Plan,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson. “Their experience across several disciplines in the fisheries management sphere augments an already robust group of conservation minds working together on the ESC.”
Newest SAC member Dr. Alexandre Aires-da-Silva joined IATTC’s Tuna-Billfish group in 2007. His main responsibility is stock assessment of bigeye tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. “Dr. Aires-da-Silva is a force when it comes to population dynamics, modeling and stock assessments, and more — all skills that we value tremendously on the Scientific Advisory Committee,“ said SAC Chair Dr. Victor Restrepo. “Alex is going to play a critical role in continuing to build out ISSF’s research capabilities and science-based best practice advice.”
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry (the Italian Rio Mare is one of the founder) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — the world’s leading conservation organization — promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. Helping global tuna fisheries meet sustainability criteria to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard — without conditions — is ISSF's ultimate objective.
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