Do you have a question about ISSA? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions below. If you cannot find the answer you seek, please contact us.
Q: What is ISSA?
A: The international Seafood Sustainability Trade Association (ISSA) is a trade association whose members are tuna processors, traders and/or marketers that, by virtue of their ISSA membership, agree to follow the conservation measures implemented by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).
Q: Why were ISSA and ISSF created?
A: ISSA was formed by tuna processors, traders and/or marketers to ensure the long-term health of the global tuna industry. ISSF was formed to leverage science-based approaches to ensure effective management practices are in place to promote the long-term sustainability of global tuna stocks and their ecosystem.
Q: Who are the members of ISSA?
A: For a complete list of member companies, please visit our Participating Companies page.
Q: Who leads ISSA?
A: ISSA is led by its Board of Directors, whose representatives are elected by the member companies.
Q: Who is eligible to join ISSA?
A: Membership is open to all tuna processors, traders and/or marketers, defined as primarily purchasers of raw tuna for processing or purchasers of raw tuna or finished tuna products for resale.
Q: What are the benefits of membership?
A: Becoming a part of ISSA means a commitment to promote the long-term health of the global tuna industry. Review the advantages of ISSA membership.
Q: How will ISSA membership impact how our company does business?
A: ISSA members agree to follow conservation measures implemented by ISSF. Further, members agree to be audited against these measures to demonstrate compliance.
Q: Why is there an application fee AND an annual membership fee?
A: The application covers costs associated with reviewing and analyzing a new member’s application, including completion of a traceability audit, orientation meetings, required legal support and staff time. Annual membership covers each company’s annual compliance audit, and also funds association initiatives, advocacy efforts, meetings and staff.
Q: How are dues calculated?
A: Dues are calculated based on a company’s annual tuna revenue, as well as category of membership (Full or Associate). For further information, please contact Lynne Mandel, Manager of Operations and Company Services.
Q: Why is there a 60-day waiting period for new Associate Members?
A: One of the criteria for Associate Membership is the requirement that the company demonstrate compliance with ISSF conservation measures for a six-month period before membership is formalized.
Q: When can we announce our membership?
A: A formal announcement of membership will be made after the application process is complete and all required fees are paid. Please see the Application Process & Timeline page to learn more.
Q: What meetings do members attend? How often does the group meet?
A: Companies with Full membership are invited to twice yearly board meetings, as well as the annual ISSA Members Meeting, which is held in conjunction with a board meeting. Companies with Associate membership are invited to attend the annual ISSA Members Meeting.
In addition, until Associate companies meet the minimum requirement of 10 companies to obtain a Board seat, they may collectively nominate one representative to attend ISSA and ISSF Board meetings as an observer.
Q: May companies include ISSF information on their Websites, product labels or promotional materials?
Participating companies are able to utilize ISSF-approved content on their Websites and in promotional materials. Since ISSF is not an eco-label, companies cannot mention ISSF on their packaging. However, members are able to use the www.aboutsustainabletuna.org URL on packaging. For more information, please contact Mary Sestric.