Tri Marine Enters Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Full Assessment for Solomon Islands Fishery
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Company expands recently announced
American Samoa assessment of W
Western and Central Pacific skipjack and yellowfin tuna
BELLEVUE, Wash. (March 31, 2015) – Tri Marine’s wholly owned subsidiary company in the Solomon Islands, National Fisheries Developments (NFD), announced it has entered Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) full assessment for its purse seine and pole and line fleets for skipjack and yellowfin tuna.
This is the latest investment the company has made in MSC certification following an earlier announcement this year of full assessment of its U.S. flagged, American Samoa-based fleet fishing for skipjack and yellowfin tuna in the Western and Central Pacific.
“We believe that the sustainability of tuna fisheries resources is critical for our industry and for the environment,” said Matthew Owens, Tri Marine’s director of environmental policy and social responsibility. “Our decision to invest in multiple MSC assessments is a significant part of that commitment to sustainability.”
MSC is broadly recognized by the environmental community and the seafood industry as the most credible third-party sustainability certification available for fisheries, and the blue MSC ecolabel is increasingly acknowledged as a seal of approval by consumers. Some of the key components that qualify a fishery for MSC certification include the following:
- The fishing activity must be at a level which ensures it can continue indefinitely
- Fishing operations must be managed to maintain the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem
- The fishery must comply with relevant laws and have a management system that is responsive to changing circumstances
This latest assessment effort includes skipjack and yellowfin tuna of the Western and Central Pacific that is caught by pole and line and by purse seine methods by Tri Marine’s Solomon Islands fleet, which consists of eight vessels.
“Tri Marine is clearly taking a leadership role in sustainability,” said Bill Holden, Pacific fisheries outreach manager at MSC. “As more consumers and retailers are informed by the transparency our rigorous standard provides, we will see more demand for sustainably caught seafood.”
Leading retailers are already increasingly demanding sustainably caught seafood for their customers.In addition to its investment in the MSC assessment process, Tri Marine has also updated its sustainability policy, made significant investments in fishery research to mitigate bycatch, and earlier this month its Ocean Naturals brand tuna was named by Greenpeace as one of the best choices for U.S. tuna consumers for its sustainability.
ABOUT Tri Marine
Tri Marine is a recognized leader in fishing, processing and distributing high-quality tuna products to the world’s markets. The company focuses on quality, sustainability, innovation, and customer satisfaction. As a socially responsible operator, Tri Marine has chosen to invest and to become heavily involved in communities closest to the fisheries resources. Together with its workforce of over 5,000 employees, Tri Marine is committed to all of its customers, suppliers and stakeholders for the long-term. For more information, visit www.trimarinegroup.com.