The Mexico-based Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna, which comprises Mexico’s leading yellowfin and skipjack tuna fishers Grupomar, Herdez del Fuerte, Pesca Azteca, and Procesa, is to receive Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
The certification will apply to the 36 purse seine vessels that the company operates in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean.
The MSC certification ‘signals the top environmental performance of the Alliance’s Mexican tuna fishery, which was recently recognized at the 2016 COP Conference on Biodiversity for its outstanding efforts to protect biodiversity’, the company said.
“As fishers that are dedicated to following science best practice, MSC certification is one more way we can demonstrate that tuna fished by Alliance is sustainable,” commented Mariana Ramos, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Our members are pleased to be able to offer healthy, affordable, MSC-certified, ocean-safe tuna.”
Over the past number of years, the Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna has been subjected to a sustainability assessment conducted by the MSC-accredited conformity assessment body, SCS Global Services, which addressed 31 key performance indicators pertaining to the sustainability of target fish stock, ecosystem integrity, and effective fishery management.
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