World's first sustainable tuna fishery

Published: Monday 15 October 2007

Avoiding bycatch: A toll or po (Credit: AAFA)A us-based fishery has been certified as the world's first sustainable tuna fishery. The American Albacore Fishing Association (aafa), based in San Diego, California, has been officially certified by the Marine Stewardship Council--an international ngo that has set a global standard to ensure that fishing follows strict methods and avoids over-fishing or by-catch (the unintended capture of other fish and marine species).

Commercial methods such as long-line and purse-seine fishing account for nearly three-quarters of global tuna catches, but leads to by-catch. aafa practices 'troll and/or pole and line' method in North Pacific. The council says the certification will now encourage commercial fisheries to follow the troll or pole and line method that has been considered non-profitable. This will help save dramatically declining tuna stocks from extinction.

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