Update on MSC full assessment of six Indonesian tuna fisheries

March 11, 2019

In the last few months, AP2HI has made significant progress on getting 6 tuna fisheries ready for the full assessment for MSC certification. These skipjack and yellowfin tuna fisheries are located in North Sulawesi and North Maluku, East and West Flores and Banda. Together they catch some 12,000 tons per year either by pole and line or handline method.

As part of the Fisheries Improvement Project, the tuna fisheries have passed observer deployment with vessel tracking systems initiatives, time lapse camera monitoring, vessel registration and bait fishery improvement.The final activities that will be completed before the full assessment can be announced are consolidating the summary data and selecting a Conformity Assessment Body. Around 16 companies accross eastern Indonesian will support and join the full assessment process.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a non-profit organization who recognize and reward efforts to protect ocean and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. This certification is identified by blue MSC label and becomes important for us. Thus, it can prove our member products that comes from sustainable fisheries and attempt to guard seafood supplies.

It is expected that the announcement will take place by this year. Therefore, you can follow our social media twitter, Instagram and facebook to get more update information regarding this certification assesment.