Sustainably caught tuna gets industry buy-in

BY GIFF JOHNSON

Marshall Islands Correspondent

MAJURO, Marshall Islands — Sustainably caught tuna tonnage rose more than eight-fold in 2016, and fisheries managers see the catch levels doubling in 2017.

Industry buy-in on the Parties to the Nauru Agreement certified system for catching tuna without the use of fish-aggregating devices and controlled by a rigorous “chain of custody” from fishing boat to cannery to retailer has sparked the upswing in this skipjack tuna product from the Western and Central Pacific.

In 2016, tuna fishing fleets complying with strict chain of custody rules that met MSC certification . . .

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