MSC certification for Pacific tuna fishery
The fishery groups consist of vessels from the USA, Chinese mainland and Taiwan. Vessels principally fish for skipjack and yellowfin tuna within in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of countries that are Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) as well as the high seas.
The certification decision was determined by third party certifier, SCS Global.
The MSC runs the only wild-capture fisheries certification and ecolabeling program that meets best practice requirements set by both the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) and ISEAL.
The MSC Chain of Custody standard requires that all certified product caught in certified fisheries can be identified and traced throughout the supply chain. MSC conducts periodic DNA tests to ensure seafood bearing the MSC blue ecolabel of approval can be traced back to a certified fishery. ■