Mobilizing MSC as the sustainable fishing standard
tuna purse seine fishery
WWF has successfully objected to the proposed certification of a major Indian Ocean tuna fishery to help ensure the quality of MSC certification. This landmark decision highlights that current management of tuna in the Indian Ocean does not meet MSC sustainability requirements. WWF argued that without management control of exploitation of the tuna stock, the fishery would not achieve sustainability. WWF plans to use this case study to avoid weak MSC assessments by poorly performing certifiers. This decision is expected to have a huge impact on future certification processes and help reshape the certification landscape for tuna, emphasizing sustainability.