Protecting the world's largest tuna fishery

Tuna caught in the western pacific end up on the shelves of major retailers across the UK and Europe. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is set to re-certify the western pacific PNA fishery as "sustainable" even though there is vast amounts of unsustainable fishing done in the area.

In fact a fishing vessel and crew can use the same fishing gear one day to fish tuna sustainably, receiving the MSC certification, and then on the same trip be hauling turtles, sharks, juvenile tuna and other protected species unsustainably.

What is On The Hook about?

The MSC is due to re-certify the PNA fishery as sustainable. We want them to hold off on this recertification until the PNA fishery can prove that all fishing in the region is sustainable.

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How can you help?

You can let the MSC know that you want to be sure that when you buy MSC-certified fish, it comes from a fishery that only conducts sustainable fishing.

Dear MSC,

We believe that it is unacceptable that a fishing vessel and crew can use the same gear one day to fish tuna sustainably, receiving the MSC certification, and then on the same trip be hauling turtles, sharks, juvenile tuna and other protected species unsustainably.

The MSC website proudly states ‘When you see seafood with the blue MSC label, you can be sure it comes from a sustainable fishery’. The issue with the PNA detailed above, is one reason we no longer believe this to be the case. Other MSC-certified tuna, caught by pole-and-line for example, does not create significant by-catch. However, this tuna receives the same right to bear the MSC logo as that from the PNA fishery, despite the environmental risks around practices carried out in the latter. To the consumer, they see no difference between these very different products, which is clearly not the case and is misleading.

In our view, MSC has lost its way and, more than ever, needs its Board to put it back on the right course to maintain the support of its stakeholders. We therefore ask you to immediately halt the re-certification of the PNA fishery and to urgently review the MSC standard in relation to allowing MSC-certified products to be caught alongside such unsustainable methods of fishing.

We thank you for considering this letter and look forward to your swift response.

Yours sincerely,

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