China’s first longline fishery gets MSC certified
Liancheng Overseas Fishery (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd (SZLC) has become the first Chinese longline fishery to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, a major step forward for China’s sustainable seafood industry.
The fishery said that achieving MSC certification brings global recognition to its sustainability efforts and should also help safeguard seafood supplies for the future.
“Sustainability is ingrained in SZLC’s strategic plans. We recognise the importance of sustainable, traceable tuna for the global seafood market,” said Mr Samul Chou, president of SZLC.
“We are proud to be China’s first longline tuna fishery to achieve MSC certification. As consumers become more environmentally conscious, it is important that we are able to prove that tuna from our fishery is sustainable.”
Mr Chou said that the fishery will continue to work hard to improve our internal management system in order to remain certified. “We to continue to support the rest of China’s sustainable seafood movement as it embarks on this sustainability journey,” he said.
Established in 2002, Liancheng operates in the middle and west Pacific Ocean. It operates a longline tuna fishery with 65 vessels and produces more than 4000 tonnes of albacore tuna per annum.
The award ceremony in Qingdao to present the fishery with its MSC certification was held one day before the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo 2015. Chinese government representatives, seafood industry experts, NGOs and the media were all in attendance.
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