Fiji commits to MSC certification

19 Jun 2017
Fiji has pledged to have at least 75% of all long line fishing vessels certified by the MSC

Fiji has pledged to have at least 75% of all long line fishing vessels certified by the MSC

Fiji has pledged to have at least 75% of all long line fishing vessels which are members of the Fiji Fishing Industry Association certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

The Fijian Ministry of Fisheries believes this will greatly impact the Fijian economy and ensure the health of the local marine environment, as well as being a critical incentive to ensure the traceability of vessels and fish species.

“Fiji’s significant commitment amongst the international community reaffirms our steadfastness in being responsible custodians of the oceans, fish stocks, marine life and its ecosystem for generations to come,” said Anare Raiwalui, executive officer of the Fiji Fishing Industry Association (FFIA).

“By certifying our fishing practices to the requirements of the MSC, the world’s highest and most credible science, evidence based standard for sustainable fishing, Fiji is establishing a promising momentum as a forward-thinking nation, determined to deliver traceable, sustainable seafood,” he continued.

The MSC has been actively engaged with the Fijian fishing industry since the albacore longline fishery entered pre-assessment in 2007.

“We welcome this latest commitment which will hopefully see a much larger proportion of the marine ecosystem safeguarded for the future,” said Anne Gabriel, Oceania program director of the MSC.

Currently, 34 vessels in Fiji’s tuna longline fleet are already MSC certified for albacore tuna and are currently undergoing their second assessment for the renewal of their certificate.

They also plan to extend the certification to include yellowfin tuna and to expand the fishing area to include three high seas next to Fiji’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

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