Thai Union and other partners agree to launch tuna FIP in Brazil
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Pole and line tuna fishing (Photo: Stock File)BRAZILTuesday, October 03, 2017,06:40 (GMT + 9)A Memorandum of Unde

Pole and line tuna fishing. (Photo: Stock File)


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Tuesday, October 03, 2017, 06:40 (GMT + 9)


A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between WWF, Thai UnionEurope, ACTEMSA S.A. and Industrias Alimenticias Leal Santos LTDA to launch a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for the pole and line skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna fishery in the south and southeast coastal areas of Brazil.

Thai Union informed that the aim of the FIP is to meet the standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which assesses whether a fishery is well-managed and sustainable.

The company stressed that the FIP will focus on implementing actions that will improve the key areas of healthy fish stocks, minimal and reversible impact on ecosystems, and effective fisheries management – and ensure that resolutions and recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) are followed and adhered to with regards to the management of tuna in Brazil.

The FIP will initially cover tuna from six Brazilian-flagged pole and line vessels.

“This is an important step towards addressing the sustainability concerns around the Brazil tuna Fishery,” pointed out Beatrix Richards, Head of Sustainable Commodities at WWF UK.

Richards stressed that the sustainability of the world’s seafood supply is a critical global issue, not only for the environment, but also for human welfare, adding that oceans are under more pressure than ever before, so, in her view, it is essential that global players like Thai Union take action to address sustainability concerns and that the wider seafood industry and civil society work together to find solutions.

“We have made significant progress against Thai Union’s global tuna commitment to transform tuna sourcing for the entire industry. This FIP in Brazil comes after two significant FIPs that we announced this year in the Indian Ocean and Eastern Atlantic Ocean,” said Sylvain Cuperlier, Group CSR & Sustainability Director, Thai Union Europe. 

For his part, José Luis Escuris Villa, CEO, ACTEMSA S.A, welcomed the first FIP that they are part of and the opportunity to be a key partner in promoting sustainable fishing practices in Brazil.

Development of a work plan to implement the tuna FIP will begin immediately after the signing of this MoU, in consultation with WWF. The work plan will outline the major activities, improvement areas, course of action and key performance indicators that all partners will have to commit to achieve within the five year timeframe of the FIP. 

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