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PNG to enforce sustainable tuna catches

PNG to enforce sustainable tuna catches

Updated 13 August 2013, 8:17 AEST

Papua New Guinea is supporting a newly introduced certification introduced by the Marine Stewardship Council which will cover fishing operations on free swimming schools of tuna only.

It covers the purse seine vessels licensed by the Parties by Nauru Agreement, fishing across the Exclusive Economic Zones of PNG, Kiribati, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu

MCS certified tuna will be traded and marketed under the brand name Pacifical to appeal to consumers who want to support PNG's endeavours to improve environmental performance and management of their fisheries.

Slyvester Pokajam, Managing Director of the National Fisheries Authority of PNG says they have the right to impose the certification onto their fishing companies and are doing so progressively.

Presenter:Geraldine Coutts

Speaker:Sylvester Pokajam, managing director, National Fisheries Authority of PNG

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