Susan S. Jackson, President and member of the Board of Directors of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), has led the organization from its inception in 2008, having facilitated both its legal formation and its substantial growth. Under Jackson’s leadership, ISSF has grown from a small association of eight global tuna processors into the world’s premier organization uniting industry leaders, the environmental community and leading scientists in the creation, advocacy and adoption of science-based best practices that advance the long-term sustainability of global tuna fisheries. Today, the organization boasts 25 participating companies, representing approximately 75 percent of annual canned tuna production.
ISSF has greatly benefitted from Jackson’s strategic vision and understanding of the complex issues of commerce, government operations, ecological pressures and scientific implications of sustainably harvesting tuna from the world’s oceans. Through her unwavering focus on collaboration, Jackson has created successful partnerships with constructive NGOs, scientists, governments and has led efforts to make ISSF an effective advocate for positive change in the Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs) —the governing bodies responsible for managing tuna resources worldwide. Recognized by both conservationists and business leaders as unique in successfully bridging the gap between industry and NGOs/Government, ISSF’s private-public partnership approach has become a model for cultivating collaboration among all engaged stakeholders that share common goals, if not always common approaches.
ISSF Participating Companies
ISSF Proactive Vessel Register
ISSF Five Year Plan: Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries
After conducting marine conservation works in the Maldives and Malaysia, Wakao joined Greenpeace Japan as a Senior Ocean Campaigner, where he started the Sustainable Seafood Market Project. In 2015, Wakao founded Seafood Legacy, a Tokyo based sustainable seafood consultancy, to build Japan-centric solutions for the seafood industry by addressing the importance of domestic business-led initiatives to create a driving force for regulatory reforms. Wakao also serves as an Expert Advisor of the Cabinet Office Council for Promotion of Regulatory Reform Fishery Working Group, and a Committee Member of the Fishery Agency Wide Sea-area Fisheries Adjustment Commission. Passionate about bridging global initiatives and the Japanese market, he also actively engages in global collaborative efforts such as Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, Global Sustainable Seafood Initiatives, and Global Seafood Ratings Alliance. Wakao holds BS in marine environmental science and marine biology.
The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), a project of World Animal Protection, is a cross stakeholder alliance of fishing industry, private sector, corporates, NGOs, academia and governments focused on solving the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide.
GGGI believe the solution to this problem lies in working together across all sectors to achieve maximum impact for our oceans and the life within them.
World Animal Protection would like to dedicate the honor of this finalist selection to their colleague Joanna Toole. Learn more about an ocean hero who is dearly missed.
Global Ghost Gear Initiative Projects
2017 GGGI Benchmark Report
Marks & Spencer (M&S) is an international, multi-channel retailer, with over 1000 stores in the UK and more than 400 stores across 55 international territories. Sustainable sourcing of raw materials is at the heart of the M&S procurement strategy and this was reinforced through the launch of their Plan A campaign in 2007, which remains live today.
As Fisheries & Aquaculture Manager, Hannah is responsible for leading M&S’s strategy for global sustainable seafood procurement, delivering security of supply and ensuring sources are in line with customer expectations on environmental, animal welfare and social and ethical standards.
A Marine Biology graduate, Hannah first worked for Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd., a UK based marine consultancy company, providing scientific advice on the impacts of major industrial and construction developments in the marine environment.
Since joining M&S in January 2010, Hannah has worked on a number of projects both internally and in collaboration with the NGO community and industry. In 2011, Hannah played a key role in the development and launch of Forever Fish, a major, cross business, Plan A campaign. More recently, Hannah has been responsible for launching an innovative, interactive transparency tool, helping millions of M&S customers to connect with their seafood products and make informed choices.
In addition to her internal commitments, Hannah also is also a Board Director of Fisheries Innovation Scotland, and represents M&S on a number of initiatives, including the Responsible Fishing Scheme Oversight Board, multiple Fishery Improvement Project steering committees, the Global Tuna Alliance and the Global Ghost Gear Initiative.
M&S Blog: WORLD OCEANS DAY: WHY WE’VE BACKED THE RESPONSIBLE FISHING SCHEME AND THE GLOBAL GHOST GEAR INITIATIVE
M&S Interactive Map
M&S Q&A with Hannah Macintyre