MSC skipjack in Europe

Skipjack tuna. Credit: Wibowo Djatmiko/CC BY-SA 3.0 Skipjack tuna. Credit: Wibowo Djatmiko/CC BY-SA 3.0

The first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified canned skipjack tuna from the Central and Western Pacific oceans will soon be available in Europe.

SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR stores will sell ‘natural’ and ‘in sunflower oil’ varieties of tuna from the PNA skipjack tuna free school purse seine fishery from this month.

The PNA fishery operates in eight developing nations in the South Pacific Region that control 50% of the world’s skipjack tuna supply, including the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

Every fishing trip is 100% monitored and documented by independent, third-party observers, who verify catch and bycatch. In addition, effective measures have been taken by the fishery, including restrictions on the use of Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs), tuna catch retention, mesh regulations, in port transhipment, and prohibitions on setting nets on whale sharks.

“We are thrilled to be delivering PNA MSC-certified skipjack tuna to SPAR and into the European market,” said Maurice Brownjohn, PNA commercial manager. “It means a lot to our developing nations to finally achieve delivery of MSC canned skipjack into the market and see the benefits of sustainability.”

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