MARSHALL ISLANDS: With an MSC certification for skipjack tuna already four years under its belt, the PNA free school purse seine fishery in the WCPO has now become the first major fishery to achieve MSC certification for yellowfin catch. The holder of the certification is the PNA office in the Marshall Islands.
The result was published by MSC just days ago, and means that yellowfin catch from MSC eligible sets qualifies for the sustainability certification from January 4th 2016 onwards.
This means that catches of purse seiners on free swimming schools of mostly mature yellowfin, that are caught FAD free, can obtain the MSC status. As well as intentionally targeted yellowfin schools, sometimes large yellowfin are found mixed in free school skipjack sets. Despite the catching method being the same until now, this species needed to be separated from the MSC eligible free school skipjack before an MSC certificate could be issued, because it did not qualify.
Press Release: Atuna