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Tuna companies expect to achieve MSC certification in two years

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Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS), made up of tuna companies Negocios Industriales Real (NIRSA), Eurofish, Grupo Jadran, Servigroup and Trimarine, plans to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification in 2019.

The group states that after several working meetings among the tuna vessels that have been carried out since July 2015, the Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP), which is an intermediate step towards MSC certification, records great advances.

TUNACONS project manager Guillermo Morán said that this is the first project of its kind launched in the eastern Pacific Ocean area (OPO).

"This certification will allow us to look for product differentiation because today, in the commercial part, health issues, presentation, taste and others are not only taken into account, all that is important when it comes to selling, but now the sustainability component is part of the business," said the entrepreneur.

The five tuna companies have approximately 40 vessels, which at regional level means about 25 per cent of the OPO existing fleet, reported El Telégrafo.

TUNACONS is currently in the fishing project implementation phase, which will last two years. Then it will initiate a process to search for the complete assessment, and thus certify the fishery.

"2017 and 2018 would be implementation of the project, and after that, it would go for the certification, which would be for 2019," said Morán.

Part of the FIP seeks to make tuna companies to comply with Ecuadorian and regional regulations through the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

Morán said that this initiative has the support of the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries of Ecuador.

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Five tuna companies join efforts to seek MSC certification


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