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MSC and ISSF working together for sustainable tuna
November 26, 2012, 03:53 PM
This week the Chair of our Scientific Advisory Committee, Victor Restrepo, is in Singapore for his first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Technical Advisory Board (TAB) meeting. Just a few months ago he accepted an appointment to serve a three-year term on the TAB, which “advises the MSC Board on technical and scientific matters” and, among other things, is responsible for helping develop the methodology that MSC uses for certification and accreditation, as well as reviewing the progress of fisheries towards the standards agreed upon as part of their certification.

The TAB deals with maintaining the MSC standard for all wild-caught fish species, but it’s no stretch to say that MSC recognizes the significance of tuna. Currently, only about 10 per cent of world tuna harvest is MSC certified, and the reason is simple – many fisheries do not meet the standard, and those that do still require improvements be made to maintain certification. Both ISSF and MSC share the principle that in order for a fishery to be sustainable not only must the stock be healthy, but also the environmental impact of the fishery must be in line with ecosystem needs and the management structure in place must ensure that long-term sustainability objectives are achieved.

On 31 Oct. the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) welcomed the decision by the Kyoto Danish Seine Fishery Federation (KDSFF) to seek recertification to the MSC standard for well-managed and sustainable fisheries. 

The KDSFF snow crab and flathead flounder fishery was certified to the MSC’s environmental standard on 19th September 2008. It will now undergo an in-depth re-assessment before the current five-year certificate expires. The fishery was the first to achieve MSC certification, not only in Japan, but also Asia.

Source: (fis.com)
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