MARSHALL ISLANDS: The PNA free-school skipjack and yellowfin tuna fishery has been officially recertified with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
After a long and in-depth analysis of all 24 objections presented by the IPNLF against PNA's recertification were completely dismissed by an independent adjudicator.
This new 5-year MSC certificate confirms that the PNA free-school fishery meets the robust criteria of the MSC, the golden standard in fisheries’ sustainability.
Additionally, free-school tuna caught in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Tokelau is now eligible for MSC certification under the PNA new MSC certificate. With this inclusion, the total area covered by the PNA MSC certified fishery now further expands to almost 15 million km2 of pristine tuna-rich waters.
The MSC certification granted to the PNA skipjack and yellowfin tuna fishery endorses PACIFICAL products worldwide as one of the most sustainable tuna choices, and reassures PNA people that the arduous and consistent work being put into managing the world’s biggest tuna fishery in a sustainable way, is being valued and recognized.
Tokelau’s EEZ Officially Eligible for MSC Pacifical CatchTokelau is the world’s 5th smallest economy, with a tiny landmass of only 12 km2 and a population of under 1,500 inhabitants. It has a massive EEZ covering an area of about 318,990 km2, which is about the same size as Italy.
“We welcome the tiny territory of Tokelau, whose Exclusive Economic Zone has been used to enhance the MSC unit of certification. This is massive for this tiny economy which is almost exclusively reliant on tuna revenues for income,” said PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoru.
This big move will ensure Tokelau islanders get a fair revenue from their main source of income, allowing PACIFICAL and its partners to support their livelihoods and the island’s development.
Tokelau has been a cooperative member of the PNA since 2012. Estimated tuna catches in their zone amounted to 72,330 tonnes of skipjack and 106,041 tonnes of yellowfin in 2015.