Maldives skipjack tuna validated
The Maldives Seafood Processors and Exporters Association (MSPEA) has issued all exports of Maldives pole-and-line skipjack tuna caught in the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fishery with a validation certificate.
The International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) has praised the new initiative, which has been based on official catch record. The certificate confirms that the fish have been caught using the traditional pole-and-line fishing method in the Maldives fishery, which achieved MSC status in November 2012.
The IPNLF hopes it will improve the sustainable management of fisheries which are subject to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Dr Hussain Rasheed Hassan, chairman, IPNLF, said: “IUU reduces fish stocks and makes it harder to manage fisheries sustainably, which affects the livelihoods of local fishermen and can cause extreme damage to the marine environment.”
He added: “It is vital to the survival of fisheries such as the Maldives pole-and-line skipjack fishery that the catch achieves its full market potential. MSC certification was a big step towards realising this potential and now that MSC-certified Maldivian skipjack has started to arrive in European supermarkets, the new validation certificate gives further peace of mind to those companies that have supported Maldivian tuna.”
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