Seven more companies have pledged their support to the Global Tuna Alliance (GTA).
The accession of Frabelle, RD processing PNG, South Seas Tuna Canning SSTC, Nambawan, International Food Corporation (IFC), Philbest and Majestic Seafoods, to the supply chain coalition is designed too send a clear message to tuna Regional Fishery Management Organisations (tRFMOs).
Slow progress on improving tuna management is prompting the marketplace to unite and speak out on a global scale, according to the Global Tuna Alliance.
The seven new GTA members from the Fishing Industry Association Papua New Guinea (FIA PNG) brings the total number of members in the GTA to 47. The addition also means the GTA welcomes their first members from Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.
‘For us it is an important step that our processing factories members engage and join with the GTA, follow their guidance and work towards achieving their commitments,’ said Marcelo Hidalgo, sustainability director of FIA PNG.
‘Our Responsible Sourcing Policy (RSP) fully contains GTA guidance and best practice advice for the tuna sector. We are thrilled they are members of the GTA.’
‘The addition of these new companies greatly strengthens the GTA and reflects our desire to be a truly global association,’ commented GTA executive director Dr Tom Pickerell.
‘We are excited to work together with the FIA PNG and achieve our shared goal of sustainable and responsible tuna fisheries.’