Tuna fishery receives FOS certification


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
August 23, 2009

Friend of the Sea on Friday announced that the Global Fish pole-and-line tuna fishery has received its sustainability certification.

The southern Africa harvest targets mainly albacore but also skipjack and yellowfin in the southeast Atlantic and is the continent's largest tuna supplier, with annual landings of 10,000 metric tons.

The pole-and-line fishing method produces negligible bycatch, and Cape Town, South Africa-based Global Fish has implemented a policy of no discard at sea, with every fish caught being recorded in a logbook. And the Global Fish fleet is also cognizant of marine protected areas where fishing is prohibited.

"The Friend of the Sea audit has been a very important and useful experience for Global Fish," said Simon Williams, managing director of Global Fish. "We are glad our fleet has obtained an approval, which was denied to other high-impact South African fisheries. This is an important reward to our conservation efforts and lower-impact fishing method."

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