First MSC accreditation for Indonesia

Indonesia has gained its first MSC accreditation Photo: MSC Indonesia has gained its first MSC accreditation Photo: MSC

Indonesia has welcomed its first accreditation by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for sustainable fishing.

The PT Citraraja Ampat Canning, Sorong Pole and Line Skipjack and Yellowfin Tuna fishery (PT CRAC) was recognised by independent assessors, DNV GL, as meeting the MSC’s criteria and has become only the second fishery in Southeast Asia to do so.

Vital role

As the world’s second largest seafood producer, Indonesia has a vital role to play in safeguarding global oceans and seafood supplies. This certification, which follows 18 months of site visits and consultation, requires that the fishery meets international measures for sustainable fish stocks, minimises environmental impacts and demonstrates effective management.

“PT Citraraja Ampat Canning is leading the way in sustainable fishing in Indonesia and Southeast Asia,” said Patrick Caleo, MSC’s Asia Pacific director.

“The efforts made by the fishery to achieve MSC certification will help safeguard livelihoods, seafood supplies and healthy oceans for future generations. We hope to see other fisheries follow their lead by joining the global movement for seafood sustainability.”

Ongoing improvement

DNV GL determined that the fishery meets the MSC Fisheries Standard but set six conditions of certification to be delivered over the next five years. These conditions require improvements to harvest strategies and harvest control rules to ensure healthy tuna stocks are maintained.

Complying with this will involve collaboration with other member states of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to promote effective harvest strategies for skipjack and yellowfin tuna. Together, these states are responsible for 60 per cent of the world’s tuna catch.

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