Indonesia is only the second country in Southeast Asia to achieve a gold standard for sustainable practices.
Based in West Papua, the PT Crac Sorong pole and line tuna fishery has been certified with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for its sustainable fishing practice.
The fishery runs 35 pole and line fishing vessels, employing 750 local fishers. Patrick Caleo, the Asia Pacific director at the MSC said:
“The efforts made by the fishery to achieve MSC certification will help safeguard livelihoods, seafood supplies and healthy oceans for future generations.”
“We hope to see other fisheries follow their lead by joining the global movement for seafood sustainability,” he added.
The fishery’s MSC status will also boost Indonesia’s export market. Retail giants, Sainsbury’s and Migros have already committed to source certified Indonesian pole and line products.
“We work hard to provide our customers with sustainable seafood products, which is why Migros has committed to preferentially sourcing MSC-certified one-by-one tuna from Indonesia,” said Adrian Lehmann, one of the buyers of Migros.
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