Partnership to supply MSC-standard tuna

SPTC will supply MSC-standard tuna. Credit: NOAA SPTC will supply MSC-standard tuna. Credit: NOAA

South Pacific Tuna Corporation has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding to supply Pacific Islands tuna that meets Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards.

The company will be working with PNAO/Pacifical, the marketing arm of the eight Pacific Island Nations known as the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).

South Pacific Tuna Corporation says that this action underscores its commitment to maintaining the highest sustainability standards while harvesting tuna from PNA island waters. The company oversees management and operations of 14 US Flag tuna vessels owned by ‘The Global Fleets,’ Ocean Global Fisheries LLC, Sea Global Fisheries LLC and Pacific Global LLC.

“This MOU makes us the first among the US Distant Water Tuna Fleet to make a public commitment to sustainable fishing practices as certified by the Marine Stewardship Council - including effective management and minimal environmental impact,” said South Pacific Tuna Corporation Executive Director and Global Fleets partner J. Douglas Hines. “It is not only a commitment to the PNA Countries, but to their customers and consumers throughout the world. This is truly a first step in creating an 'Ocean to Table' project.”

Mr Hines stressed that the MOU is not a product of non-governmental (NGO) agency action, but a sincere commitment to provide the highest conservation standards in tuna supplied through the PNA Nations supply chain.

Maurice Brownjohn, Commercial Manager of PNA fisheries said, “As world leaders in tuna conservation and management, this is a great development. We look forward to working closely with The Global Fleets in promoting tuna that is sustainability harvested in our waters to ensure that we will have continued supply for future generations.”

The project to bring The Global Fleets under Pacifical has been a year in the making. The Fleets will work with the offices of PNA and Pacifical to develop the criteria for certification and to collaborate with their Global partners to ensure traceability and reporting.

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