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Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna gets MSC certification

Staff Writer |
A group of 36 Mexican purse seine vessels has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for its yellowfin and skipjack tuna landings.

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The Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) is made up of vessels operated by Grupomar, Herdez del Fuerte, Pesca Azteca, and Procesa and operates the Northeastern Tropical Pacific purse seine yellowfin and skipjack tuna fishery.

The fishery was deemed to comply with all requirements of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and to adhere 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 Pacific bluefin tuna, a species that is overfished, for a seven-year period.

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