Chinese companies report first bigeye tuna fishery to score MSC

By Undercurrent News March 7, 2019 17:03 GMT

Three Chinese companies say the bigeye tuna fishery they harvest from in the Federated States of Micronesia is now the first to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.

In a press release published Thursday, Liancheng Overseas Fishery (Shenzhen) Co., China Southern Fishery Shenzhen Co. and Liancheng Overseas Fishery Co. said in a press release that they have just achieved MSC certification for bigeye following an independent assessment by Control Union. They said they achieved MSC for yellowfin in the same fishery in October.

The latest stock assessment for bigeye in the Western Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) shows that stocks are healthy and being fished at a sustainable rate, the companies said. But the certification is conditional based upon the adoption of harvest strategies by all of the member states of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) by 2021.

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