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PNA yellowfin tuna gets MSC certification

Friday, February 05, 2016, 23:40 (GMT + 9)

Yellowfin caught by the PNA Western and Central Pacific free school purse seine fishery now can carry the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel.

The Parties of the Nauru Agreement (PNA) is the first major free school purse seine yellowfin tuna fishery to achieve MSC certification.

The certified fishery catches around 140,000 tonnes of yellowfin tuna a year, accounting for half of the resource catches within PNA waters.

Nicolas Guichoux, Global Commercial Director at the Marine Stewardship Council, noted, "Healthy tuna populations are essential for both the environment and fishing economies.

"The MSC Fisheries Standard provides a robust set of requirements to assess the sustainability of tuna fisheries. By achieving this standard, the PNA has shown a huge commitment to securing a sustainable future for its oceans and fishing industry," he stressed.

On his part, Mr. Maurice Brownjohn, PNA Commercial Director, referred to this achievement saying, "This is a very progressive step for the tuna industry.

"The PNA looks forward to working with brands, restaurants and retailers to increase the supply of MSC labelled sustainable tuna. PNA tuna sold with the MSC ecolabel also carries the Pacifical logo in clear representation of the end market's commitment to the PNA island nations as custodians and protectors of a truly valuable marine resource throughout centuries and the generations to come," he noted.

Meeting the robust requirements of the MSC Fisheries Standard means that yellowfin stocks are being fished sustainably and in a way which maintains a healthy, thriving marine environment.

This certification follows an expedited assessment by SCS Global Services of yellowfin caught by the already-certified PNA skipjack fishery. This means that the strict requirements already in place for skipjack are now extended to include catches of yellowfin, including yellowfin tuna found in free school skipjack sets.

The current certificate is valid until December 2016. To remain certified after this date the fishery will need to be reassessed to the MSC Fisheries Standard.

The sales and marketing of the PNA MSC certified yellowfin tuna will be done through the PNA global marketing company for its MSC certified tuna, Pacifical.

Pacifical MSC certified tuna is now available in 12 different countries around the world.

It is expected that the increased future supply of MSC certified yellowfin could lead to more demand for this premium sustainably caught tuna from buyers in Italy, France and Spain, and not only from the canned segment, but also the frozen tuna market.

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