Certification, Fisheries Improvement Projects
and responsible sourcing
The team conducted a screening exercise to determine which tuna fisheries might enter the more detailed pre-assessment. A key task of this component was to review the numerous species / gear / fleet combinations operating in the Western Central Pacific to identify effective potential units of certification, before conducting a quick analysis of potential for certification. These were then short-listed and prioritised to indicate which fisheries were most likely to meet the MSC principles and criteria.
Once this was completed, the team conducted three pre-assessments for eligible fisheries. Two of these, the PNA skipjack purse seine fishery and the Fiji longline albacore fishery have since successfully undergone full certification.