Pacific Alliance for sustainable tuna earns MSC certification

11 Sep 2017
The Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) comprises of four leaders in the Mexican tuna industry

The Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) comprises of four leaders in the Mexican tuna industry

A Mexican tuna alliance has been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council indicating that its members meet the high bar of sustainability set by the MSC Fisheries Standard.

The Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) comprises of four leaders in the Mexican tuna industry Grupomar, Herdez del Fuerte, Pesca Azteca, and Procesa which operates a combined vessel fleet of 36 purse seine vessels.

“Our members – Grupomar, Herdez del Fuerte, Pesca Azteca, and Procesa – are driven by sustainability and dedicated to providing ocean-safe tuna to their customers and to continuing to make a difference for oceans,” said Mariana Ramos, executive director of PAST.

“The MSC certification is one more way we can demonstrate to our customers that our tuna is fished in a highly sustainable manner.”

Sustainability

Importantly, the fishing fleet adheres to the Agreement on International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP), a legally binding multilateral agreement between fishing nations within the IATTC with conservation objectives.

All of PAST’s fishing vessels have an independent observer on board to ensure continued compliance. Additionally, in June 2015, PAST withdrew voluntarily from fishing overfished Pacific Bluefin tuna for a seven-year period.

Each team of fishermen works proactively to minimise impact on the ocean ecosystem including using a specially designed net that incorporates a fine mesh safety panel, known as the “Medina Panel,” which allows non-tuna species to swim clear of the net.

As part of achieving MSC certification, PAST has committed to a comprehensive sustainability action plan which also includes zero retention and maximum live release programme for all sharks and rays and active stakeholder engagement in building more transparency in fisheries across Mexico.

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