UNITED STATES : Anova Food, LLC. announced its tuna fishery in North Buru Island, Indonesia, will begin the full assessment process to obtain Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
The company, a leader in the trade of sushi quality tuna in North America, emphasizes that it is the first tuna fishery with handline in Indonesia that initiates this process.
Anova worked closely with its processing partner, Harta Samudra, local NGO Masyarakat Dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI), and the North Buru Fair Trade Committee, to compile documentation for the MSC assessment. Also, the Compliance Assessment Body (CAB) will meet with government representatives and other stakeholders to visit the plant in late March.
“Years of data collection and sustainable fishery practices by Fair Trade fishermen have set the stage for fulfilling the rigorous demands of MSC certification for this handline fishery and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Blane Olson, managing director of Technical Services.
“Anova first launched the Fair Trade Capture Fishery in North Buru Island five years ago and while it’s successfully been Fair Trade certified, we’ve had our sights set on MSC certification as it’s extremely important for us and our supply chains to reach the highest available standards,” he added.
Anova got its first Fair Trade certification in 2015, and from then on, it has continued to expand the program throughout its Indonesian supply chains.
The volume of Fair Trade tuna shipped to the U.S. market increased by 75 percent last year, which returned more than USD 100,000 in Fair Trade premiums back to fishing communities.
The fishery in North Buru Island has been part of a fishery improvement project (FIP) since 2011, in which Anova took a proactive role by supporting the implementation of rigorous port sampling and data collection programs that met international standards for scientific fisheries data requirements.
“At the Ministry Of Marine Affairs & Fisheries Republic of Indonesia (MMAF), we are proud and excited to see the first Indonesian handline tuna fishery enter an MSC full assessment,” said Pak Zulficar Mochtar, Director General of Capture Fisheries. “This assessment sets a precedent not only for Indonesia, but also for small-scale fisheries around the world for which the MSC standard is most challenging to achieve. This has been made possible thanks to the hard work and commitment in the past few years of all parties involved.”
With the full MSC assessment, if achieved, the North Buru Island handline tuna fishery will join a collective of more than 300 engaged fisheries that supply the world with more than 25,000 seafood products.
"We congratulate and support Anova Food USA and the North Buru handline yellowfin tuna fishery as it takes this significant step to enter full MSC assessment,” said Martin Purves, Managing Director of the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPLNF).