26 Feb 2010

PNA countries plan eco-label for skipjack tuna

4:43 pm on 26 February 2010

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, which includes the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, are to seek eco-label certification for skipjack tuna.

The PNA will approach the non-profit organisation, the Marine Stewardship Council, to set up the certification.

The leaders of the PNA countries have just finished meeting in Palau and want to further develop their plans to increase the return from the resource, while conserving fish numbers.

The PNA director, Dr Transform Aqorau, says such a move represents a commitment to greater scrutiny by the PNA countries.

"With the certification process we hope to have that greater scrutiny, greater accountability and hopefully if we do get it, then there are probably economic benefits."

Dr Aqorau says the certification will also help to stop the use of Fish Aggregating Devices, which have a destructive effect on tuna.