Seafood is a major source of animal-protein for the people and communities in the Coral Triangle region. However, the gap between the fish required for food security and the sustainable harvests from coastal fisheries is growing. WWF is working with different industry players to address this problem through sustainable tuna fisheries and aquaculture among others.
© WWF Coral Triangle Programme / Alanah Torralba
Sustainable Tuna Fisheries
But tuna is taken out of the sea faster than stocks can supply. If the current level of fishing continues or increases, these stocks will collapse resulting in loss of revenue and reduced food security in some parts of the world. WWF is working together with the industry to transform tuna fisheries and address this problem.
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Vietnam Yellowfin Tuna
The Vietnam yellowfin tuna Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) is prototyping various approaches for FIP best practices.
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PHILIPPINE YELLOWFIN TUNA
PPTST harnesses market power and consumer demand to support sustainable fishing gear and methods such as artisanal fishing, hand-line reels and circle hooks.
The deployment of revolutionary C-shaped circle hooks has reduced sea turtle deaths by as much as 90%.
PPTST also works to improve meat handling practices. Establishing long-term market access, promoting responsible fisheries management, providing selectively-caught tuna to market actors and environmentally-aware consumers and reaching Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification are among the project’s objectives. The project’s goal is to add more value to tuna, rather than encouraging people to fish more.
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