The purse seine fishery for skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna in Nauru waters has been awarded MSC certification following an certification process that began in March 2021 and a decision by third-party certifier SCS Global Services.
The certification is the result of a year of evaluation and assessments, and is held jointly by the Nauru Fisheries and Marine Resources Authority (NFMRA) and Taiwanese fishing company FSF. This is FSF’s second tuna purse seine fishery to achieve MSC accreditation.
This fishery is carried out by 20 Nauru-flagged vessels that fish for skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna within the Western & Central Pacific Commission Convention Area.
This fishery is expected to bring 130,000 tonnes of sustainable catch to the market.
There are ten conditions stipulated under the MSC certification and NFMRA and FCF have stated their intention to provide continuous support to implement the improvement measures necessary for ensuring sustainable fishery development.