The Parties of the Nauru Agreement (PNA) in currently under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) full assessment to obtain certification of its FAD-free purse seiner skipjack fishery. The director of PNA, Dr. Transform Aqorau, has provided in the interview below an update on the current stage of the assessment, in which he responds to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) lack of approval towards the certification.
In a recent public statement, ISSF affirmed that it fears that the fishery cannot carry the title of sustainable just quite yet. In earlier statements, Mr. Aqorau stated: “We sincerely believe that consumers worldwide are increasingly demanding that fish products they consume do not damage the ecosystem and for this reason, we believe that going for certification would ensure that the tuna resources are managed properly and will assist us to receive the optimal long term economic benefits from those resources”, showing confidence on the sustainability of the fishery. Read article on Atuna.com (subscription required)