West & Central Pacific Ocean Tuna: Don’t Lose the Label
Tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean is slipping through the net of sustainable management. In order to be fished for generations to come, tuna stocks must have effective harvest strategies and harvest control rules in places. Currently the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), who are responsible for managing these stocks, does not have sufficient measures in place. If they fail to make significant progress this year for implementation by December 2022, then many MSC-certified tuna fisheries could face suspension risk.
49% of seafood consumers recognise the blue MSC label. If this label is lost on tuna products from Western Central Pacific fisheries, over two million tonnes of tuna could no longer be sold as MSC-certified. Retailers and supply chain companies have made public commitments to the sustainable sourcing of seafood. If the WCPFC fails to accelerate action, many retailers may be forced to review their sourcing policies.
Join us to hear what the Global Tuna Alliance are doing to stop this happening.
Develop tuna harvest strategies. Manage fisheries responsibly. Save the MSC label.
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