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Gustav Gerig Launches Blockchain For Pacifical MSC Tuna Products
Nov 28, 2018
Gustav Gerig, an over 90-year well-established Swiss food company, has decided to partner with Pacifical cv to make their MSC certified canned and pouched Rosé tuna range under its “Raimond Freres” brand traceable through the Ethereum blockchain... read more
Pacifical Gives Feedback On Article
Oct 17, 2018
Yesterday, on Tuesday, October 16th, published an article titled “Rift between Papua New Guinea and Pacifical threatens the future of regional tuna MSC certification” mirroring the views of Papua New Guinea’s FIA, in reproach of... read more
PNA Association Reacts On Spreading Of Malicious Misinformation About Pacifical
Aug 27, 2018
Marshall Islands Minister of Natural Resources & Commerce, Hon. Dennis Momotaro has refuted industry... read more
Pacifical MSC Sustainable Tuna Now Traceable via Ethereum Blockchain
Aug 1, 2018
Starting this month, several hundred million tuna steaks, pouches and cans will be able to have their origin traced... read more
World’s Largest Sustainable Tuna Fishery Launches Ethereum Blockchain
Jun 19, 2018
8 PNA Pacific Island nations and the associated Tokelau territory, with 25% of the world’s tuna caught in their waters... read more
Officially Recertified: PNA Free-School Skipjack & Yellowfin Fishery
Mar 28, 2018
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we announce today the official Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) recertification for our PNA free-school skipjack & yellowfin tuna fishery. Consumers worldwide will continue to enjoy and have access... read more
PNA Scores Slam Dunk In MSC Adjudication Process
Mar 01, 2018
After a long and very intensive process, the final decision of the MSC-appointed Independent Adjudicator (IA) was published yesterday, with it backing the Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) decision that the PNA Free School skipjack and yellowfin... read more
Chicken of the Sea Partners with Pacifical on MSC Certified Tuna
Feb 27, 2018
US shelf-stable seafood market leader, Chicken of the Sea (COS), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Pacifical, to promote MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified tuna sourced from the eight-member nations of the... read more
Update On PNA’s Free-School Recertification
Dec 20, 2017
The Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) Acoura published its official response to IPNLF’s objection to the PNA fishery recertification in early November, in which it concluded “that the [PNA] fishery should be recertified” for another 5 years. Despite the... read more
PNG Starts A Revolution In Tuna Processing
Dec 20, 2017
With around 80% of tuna catches in Papua New Guinea’s waters being processed elsewhere, offering discounted fishing days has cost this PNA island nation “around 16,000 jobs, and hundreds of millions of dollars” according to the nation’s... read more
Pacifical MSC Products Penetrate Chinese Retail Market
Nov 17, 2017
Sustainably-caught MSC-certified tuna carrying our Pacifical logo is now available in the Chinese retail market under the major Australian brand John West, with which we share a strong commitment to the sustainability of our tuna and the entire... read more
PNA & Pacifical One Step Closer To Recertification
Nov 14, 2017
We are very happy to announce that Acoura Marine Ltd., the Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) conducting the reassessment of our MSC tuna fishery has issued its response to the objection presented by the International Pole and Line Foundation... read more
PACIFICAL & RD Sign MoU: Increasing MSC Supply
Oct 12, 2017
It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RD Corporation, one of the larger players in the global tuna market. Philippine-based RD Corporation, a vertically integrated... read more
ANNOUNCEMENT: Pacifical Lowers Its Service Fee
Oct 2, 2017
Since PNA / Pacifical started working on its MSC certification in 2011, and the development of markets for its free-school caught skipjack tuna, a lot has happened. As part of a start-up company, our team has for several years fought an uphill battle... read more
Final Report Determines PNA Fishery Should Be Recertified MSC
Sep 6, 2017
The Final Report on the PNA fishery’s MSC reassessment process has been published, and concludes that the fishery should be recertified. With great pride we can announce that the MSC has now published the Certification Assessment Body... read more
Pacifical CEO’s reaction to the ‘On The Hook’ Campaign
Aug 31, 2017
A coalition of two pole and line trading companies, together with a group of small NGOs, a few scientists, as well as one South African and one Swiss retailer, have formed the organization ‘On The Hook’, which claims on its website to be “protecting... read more
“On The Hook” Hits At MSC With Unnamed “Major UK Brands”
Aug 31, 2017
The MSC has been criticized in a newly launched campaign for “planning to re-certify the world’s largest tuna fishery,” in the PNA. ‘On The Hook’, representing a group of various organizations states that “major UK brands” are against the... read more
Saving Bigeye and How Our Chain of Custody Works
Aug 31, 2017
Assuring that you, as our partners, can always be fully confident that Pacifical co-branded free school tuna is caught in a sustainable way, and fully meets the MSC criteria, going even above and beyond CoC standards, has always been at the forefront... read more
Aug 21, 2017
PNA is now seeking to recruit a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in the PNA Head Office. As a key member of the Senior Executive Management Team, the CFO will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO.) The CFO will have primary... read more
Pacifical’s Yellowfin The Cleanest Sustainable Tuna In The Market
Aug 8, 2017
Guess what? Our Pacifical yellowfin tuna from the Western Central Pacific Ocean has been found to contain far lower levels of pollutants in their muscle tissues than any other yellowfin from other ocean areas. This makes our Pacifical... read more
100% Committed To Our People Of The Pacific
Aug 3, 2017
It is thanks to the hard working men and women watching over the PNA tuna resources that consumers in 26 different countries are now able to buy sustainable MSC Pacifical certified tuna. It is indeed our people who make the PNA MSC... read more
PNA Reaches 2,000 MSC Tuna Fishing Trips
Jul 13, 2017
This week we have reached a milestone of 2,000 MSC Trip Numbers issued since we started the journey of bringing larger volumes of sustainably caught tuna to the world; a landmark for our MSC certified PNA free-school skipjack and... read more
Kiribati Now Has An EU Competent Authority
Jun 23, 2017
We are pleased to greet you today with very positive news: The European Union has now officially approved Kiribati as an EU competent authority! The official decision has been published this week; please find the link to the... read more
Brief Update On Our MSC Certification Reassessment
Jun 21, 2017
The PNA skipjack and yellowfin free school tuna fishery has undergone the standard five year MSC certification reassessment and we are pleased to have received some of the highest possible scores on nearly every point of this preliminary... read more
How Will Stakeholders React To PNA’s Top MSC Scores?
Jun 20, 2017
An almost entirely green preliminary scoring card has been presented on the PNA skipjack and yellowfin tuna fishery, which is currently undergoing the standard five year MSC certification reassessment, as the third party assessor offers its draft... read more
MSC Conscious Australia Rising Market For Thai Canners
Jun 15, 2017
Thailand’s tuna canners haven’t seen growth in many major markets in recent months, but thanks to their access to MSC certified catch, they are fulfilling a strong and increasing demand among Australian buyers. During the first four months of... read more
Palau President: Close 30% Of World’s Oceans
Jun 08, 2017
Palau’s President is calling for the protection of 30 percent of the world’s oceans, urging countries to follow in the footsteps of the island nation, which has taken initiatives to close major parts of its waters to safe keep its tuna resource. Nations... read more
WWF Advises Swedes To Only Buy MSC Tuna
May 12, 2017
In connection with the launch of the WWF Fiskguiden (Seafood Guide) 2017, WWF Sweden has published a report on tuna stocks, in which they conclude that "just over a 10% of all tuna gets a green light" in the Swedish market. WWF advises Swedish... read more
Happy World Tuna Day!
May 2, 2017
May 2nd has arrived, and this year World Tuna Day celebrations will be the biggest yet, commemorated on a global scale, as major regions, companies and organizations recognize the existence of tuna and the importance of sustainably managing a... read more
John West Australia Leads 2017 Sustainability Canned Tuna Ranking
Apr 19, 2017
It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that we share with you the latest Greenpeace Canned Tuna Ranking in Australia, where our partner John West ranked as #2 out of 10 brands assessed. The ranking was based on policy and actions... read more
World's First Pizza Chain To Serve Pacifical MSC Skipjack
Feb 2, 2017
Pacifical welcomes the public announcement of Kotipizza as the 1st pizza chain to offer its customers 100% MSC certified product for its seafood pizzas. The decision of Kotipizza illustrates the company’s solid leadership towards tuna sustainability... read more
Kiribati First Tuna Plant Starts Coop With Pacifical
Dec 14, 2016
Kiribati Fish Limited (KFL) and Pacifical are honored to announce their cooperation to supply the world with MSC certified sustainable tuna - caught and processed in Kiribati. Last week a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was countersigned... read more
United Nations Confirms World Tuna Day
Dec 8, 2016
The United Nations General Assembly has voted with no objection to ratify World Tuna Day, which will now be established as a globally-recognized event, celebrated annually on May 2nd. First celebrated as a small event in Papua New Guinea... read more
Orkla Foods Sweden now carrying MSC Certified Pacifical Tuna fully traceable from sea to shelf
Dec 8, 2016
Orkla Foods Sweden and Pacifical are proud to announce their cooperation to supply sustainable MSC certified skipjack tuna from the PNA waters through the Swedish brand Abba; 100 percent wild tuna, certified as sustainably caught and fully... read more
Pacifical MSC Certified Tuna Now Available at IKEA
Oct 12, 2016
Following a 2015 global corporate commitment to source seafood from MSC and ASC certified fisheries, IKEA Spain has now made MSC certified Pacifical tuna available for all their customers becoming the first IKEA market to offer 100 percent wild tuna... read more
PNA Trains Micro Canners To Boost Food Security From Bycatch
Oct 11, 2016
With a push to improve Pacific island food security at the project’s core, entrepreneurs in the PNA are being trained on creating micro canneries, which will process the substantial volumes of bycatch fish landed by tuna purse seiners in the region... read more
John West Australia Campaign Wins Ethical Award
Oct 10, 2016
John West Australia has taken home a global sustainability award, a first by an Australian organization. The firm was recently awarded the Best Engagement Campaign at the Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Awards in London. The... read more
Princes Introduces Pacifical MSC Tuna
Oct 7, 2016
Food and drink group Princes will add Pacifical MSC certified tuna to their branded tuna starting this month, October 2016. This makes Princes the first UK brand or supermarket sourcing tuna from the MSC certified PNA tuna fishery and carrying the... read more
MSC Defends Mixed Certification From OPAGAC Criticism
Sep 14, 2016
The MSC has responded in defence of certifying only the free-school operations of a mixed tuna purse seine fishery, after OPAGAC, the umbrella industry association representing the Spanish tuna purse seine fleet, has challenged the merits and scientific... read more
PACIFICAL launches Social Guidelines for Its MSC Tuna Fisheries
Sep 1, 2016
Pacifical cv has launched today its Social Accountability Guidelines for all vessels involved in its MSC certified sustainable tuna fishery. The new guidelines are unique as it covers over 300 industrial fishing and transport vessels from more than 10 different nations... read more
MSC Reassessment Process to Start for PNA Tuna Fisheries
Aug 10, 2016
The time has come for the PNA unassociated / non FAD tuna purse seine skipjack and yellowfin fishery to undergo reassessment to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Standard. This reassessment is part of the lifecycle of MSC... read more
Australia Leading The World In Sustainably Caught Tinned Tuna
Jun 29, 2016
ELEANOR HALL Australians can thank our Pacific neighbours for our access to sustainably caught tinned tuna. This nation leads the world in the availability of the product on our supermarket shelves. And the credit is due to a group of small Pacific Island nations... read more
Strong Leader Of The PNA Passes Away
May 31, 2016
Nannette Dilly Malsol, one of the PNA’s most influential leaders, has passed away, leaving members of the PNA community both in shock and mourning this week as they remember the critical role she played in the group’s history. Malsol, who held the position of... read more
Happy World Tuna Day!
May 2, 2016
May 2nd has finally come, the day in which communities, firms and NGOs all across the globe commemorate the existence of tuna and emphasize the importance of sustainable management to have it available for generations to come. World Tuna Day was... read more
Kick Off To Fifth World Tuna Day
Apr 29, 2016
Just a handful of days away, the 5th international World Tuna Day is upon us, as communities, firms and NGOs scattered across the globe work tirelessly to get preparations ready for this momentous day. ISSF has announced its participation with the launch... read more
Palau To Become First FAD-Free Zone In PNA
Apr 29, 2016
After efforts were first concentrated on closing all of Palau’s waters to commercial fishing, the country has settled at 80 percent for a National Marine Sanctuary, and has now stated that in the remaining part of its EEZ, only free-school commercial tuna fishing will... read more
Join us at the Global Seafood Expo 2016
Apr 14, 2016
We would love to see you at the upcoming Global Seafood Exposition beginning April 26th in Brussels. Please stop by to meet our team or just say hello. We will be at the Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority Stand Stand #8- 4461 . The event will... read more
May 2nd Celebrate World Tuna Day!
Apr 14, 2016
A day of joy in the Pacific; we are now counting down the days to celebrate and honor the existence of tuna in our daily lives. Tuna species play a key role in our existence, ecosystem, economy and national income. On May 2nd all national PNA... read more
New CEO for the PNA Office
Apr 14, 2016
The time has come to say farewell to a highly appreciated member of our Pacifical family; Dr. Transform Aqorau. After six very productive years as the CEO of the PNA office, Dr. Aqorau is stepping down. Responsible for a vast, pristine and sustainably... read more
Bumble Bee Announces Partnership with Pacifical
Apr 13, 2016
Bumble Bee Seafoods, North America’s premium seafood company, has signed an agreement with Pacifical to purchase and promote MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified tuna coming from eight member countries of the Parties to the... read more
Palau Says Goodbye To The Man Who Protected Its Oceans
March 3, 2016
At the age of 69 years, Stuart. J. Beck, also named Palau’s UN envoy for oceans and seas, has passed away after suffering with renal cancer. The PNA nation now says goodbye to the man that spearheaded its successful campaign to phase... read more
Join Us at the Boston Seafood Show
February 24, 2016
Our Pacifical team is excited to announce its attendance to the upcoming Boston Seafood Exposition beginning March 6th 2016! We will have our own meeting space within the Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority Booth #3086... read more
Pacifical and PNA Secure MSC Certification for Yellowfin Tuna
February 4, 2016
Yellowfin caught by the PNA Western and Central Pacific free school purse seine fishery is now eligible to carry the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel. The sales and marketing of the PNA MSC certified yellowfin tuna will be done through the PNA... read more
February 3, 2016
Imagine a world without fish John West Australia, WWF-Australia (WWF) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), today announce that they have come together to make the single biggest brand commitment, to help end unsustainable fishing... read more
PNA Wins Global Award For Vision On Tuna Sustainability
February 2, 2016
The PNA has this week been rewarded for its vision and hard work in managing a huge segment of the Western and Central Pacific tuna supply, and has been named the winner of the Seafood Champion Award for Vision at the global Seafood Summit in... read more
McDonald's to Include Pacifical MSC Tuna in their Menu
November 25, 2015
Following a global commitment to sustainable fishing practices, McDonalds Spain will be the first restaurant chain to include Pacifical skipjack tuna certified by the Marine Stewardship Council on their national menu. By January 2016, more than 490... read more
Pacifical MSC Certified Tuna Provides 100% Verifiable Sustainable Catch
November 10, 2015
In response to the recent claims inferring that NFA fishery observers provide validations of tuna catches being “Free School” or “FAD Free”, the Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority (NFA), within the PNA, has issued a press statement to clarify this... read more
First Pacifical MSC Sustainable Tuna Hits The USA Market
October 27, 2015
Aramark (NYSEARMK), the $15 billion global provider of food, facilities management, and uniforms, announced that it will transition to 100% sustainably sourced canned skipjack and albacore tuna in the U.S. by April 1, 2016. Sustainably sourced tuna... read more
There is Enough Sustainable MSC Tuna for a Consistent Supply
October 21, 2015
There is no longer a valid argument not to source sustainable tuna, it is a choice, and it is up to each one of us as market participants to accept the challenge… It hasn’t been easy for Pacifical to gather canneries, fishing companies, ministers, officials... read more
FCF To Land First MSC Skipjack For PNG Processing
May 11, 2015
We are excited to announce FCF’s first landings of MSC certified skipjack in the PNA region; MSC certified tuna caught in PNA waters, processed by the PNA people. This first lot of MSC certified skipjack landed in Wewak by FCF weighs a total of 290... read more
Join Pacifical Next Week at the Global Seafood Expo in Brussels!
Apr 15, 2015
Our Pacifical team is excited to announce its attendance to the Global Seafood Exposition in Brussels next week! Come and join our team for a nice warm coffee / tea at our stand We will have our own booth within the Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority... read more
How To Secure The Most Important Food And Money Source For Pacific People
Mar 03, 2015
As of today, scientists, resource managers, researchers, fishermen and NGOs will be joining together for a three day long workshop on the future management of Pacific fisheries, at the SPC headquarters in Nouméa, New Caledonia; an effort to secure one... read more
Satellite Connected Tablet Revolutionizes PNA Observer Work
Mar 03, 2015
Observers working aboard tuna vessels fishing in the largest single skipjack resource in the world are set to begin full scale trials for Electronic Catch Documentation Systems (eCDS), which will make catch data reporting much more timely and efficient... read more
Pacifical Applauds Call for Certified FAD-Free To Stop Fraud
Feb 26, 2015
Maurice Brownjohn, Director of Pacifical, applauds CEPESCA and Spanish members of the European Parliament for actively calling on independently certified FAD free tuna. “Under these conditions (the current self-certification system), FAD-free... read more
Pacifical CEO A Drop In Artificially High Prices Can Only Be Positive
Feb 25, 2015
Lower prices for MSC certified tuna is an all-round win says Pacifical CEO, Henk Brus. Not just for the PNA nations, but for the overall development and scale of sustainable tuna. He stresses that brands, but also retailers, have artificially positioned sustainable... read more
Exciting News! FCF seiners started their First MSC trips
Jan 28, 2015
Just a quick note to inform you that vessels operating in cooperation with FCF have already started MSC trips within the PNA waters. In about 6 to 8 weeks, these managed seiners are expected to land certified tonnage meeting the Pacifical MSC... read more
FCF Signs MOU with Pacifical on MSC Certified Free School Skipjack Tuna
Jan 19, 2015
We are happy to announce the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between PNA - Pacifical and the largest tuna supplier in the Western Pacific Ocean, Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company, Ltd. (FCF) covering their latest processing investment in... read more
Pacifical on a Sustainable Journey with South Pacific Tuna Corporation
Jan 12, 2015
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we announce our cooperation with South Pacific Tuna Corporation (SOPAC) on Pacifical MSC skipjack tuna from the PNA waters. Last week SOPAC, PNAO and Pacifical have endorsed their commitments towards maintaining the highest sustainability standards with the signature... read more
Pacifical Welcomes Tri Marine Adoption of MSC Assessment
Jan 12, 2015
Last week we warmly welcomed the news about Tri Marine’s fleet entering into the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) full assessment for its US treaty fleet, especially in areas beyond the waters of the PNA. This marks an unprecedented move by Tri Marine and we are thrilled to see the industry consolidating efforts for a more... read more
The Good News On Tuna That We Have All Been Waiting For
May 2, 2013
The last weeks have been positive for Pacifical! WE FINALLY GOT IT! Our PNA free-school skipjack fishery has been awarded the MSC Chain of Custody Certification! And on top of that, three of our PNA processing plants were also awarded with their own MSC CoC certification for their internal process, more is due in the... read more
Successful European tuna Conference and Seafood Show in Brussels For Pacifical!
May 2, 2013
Pacifical was at the 4th European Tuna Conference, “the Economics of Tuna”. PNG and PNA gave interesting speeches about regional trends for PNA processors supplying EU and the MSC certification. During the conference it was also announced the achievement of much awaited chain of custody certification. We couldn’t of course skip... read more
Today May 2nd Pacifical is celebrating the WORLD TUNA DAY!
May 2, 2013
It’s World Tuna Day! Let’s all celebrate the existence of tuna in our daily lives and honor their continuation for many generations back and to come! The World Tuna Day is a day to commemorate this fantastic wild species, which are super healthy, offer great taste, loads of proteins, and contribute to a healthy diet, helping to... read more
Is Pacifical now open to business with every company?
May 2, 2013
We continue to receive a lot of questions from companies interested in starting business with us on our MSC free school skipjack tuna from the PNA, and some are having problems to understand why we simply do not offer it to every company interested immediately. The reality is that we will not be able to supply all those interested... read more
PNG Requires Fleets To Land MSC Pacifical Tuna
March 26, 2013
Earlier in March the PNA ministers issued a first formal statement to all fleets operating in the PNA waters encouraging them to start fishing MSC free school, but PNG has taken this beyond encouragement. It really requires all fleets licensed in its waters to start offloading MSC eligible free school catch to PNG based onshore... read more
What is the latest on the MSC Chain of Custody Certification?
March 26, 2013
We could not start fishing until we had independent verification that the COC scheme in the huge PNA tuna catching area (which is 40% bigger than Europe) had all the measures, control and monitoring system in place to guard the integrity of the MSC catch on over a hundred purse seiners and carriers. This is not a small... read more
Are there any vessels Already Fishing for MSC Skipjack tuna?
March 26, 2013
The good news is that fully MSC trained fleet will be allowed to start catching officially for MSC free school skipjack in the next week or so. This means that when we will finally get the MSC COC certification (expected in April 22nd) the free school skipjack that has been caught by vessels in April will already be part of our scheme and... read more
World’s #1 Tuna Fishing Ground Relates Tuna Licenses To MSC Catch
March 22, 2013
In an unprecedented move, Papua New Guinea, the country with the world richest tuna fishing ground, has announced in a Circular to all fishing fleets that, as of July 1st 2013, it requires purse seiners to start landing MSC certified free school skipjack to local PNG canneries. With a tuna catch of annually close to 750.000 M/T... read more
Norway's Largest Retailer To List Pacifical MSC Tuna
February 7, 2013
Unil AS, the purchasing unit responsible for the private labels of Norway’s largest retailer NorgesGruppen, wants Pacifical tuna because it supports the eight small island countries that are sustainably managing the skipjack tuna sourced from their waters. “The main reason we want to work with Pacifical is.... read more
South Africa’s Pick n Pay Wants Skipjack With “Gold Standard”
December 18, 2012
The global demand for MSC sustainable skipjack tuna has now also reached Africa. Today South Africa’s largest retailer – Pick n Pay – announced its urgent need for Pacifical tuna. This tuna is approved by the MSC, which Pick n Pay considers to be the “gold standard” in seafood sustainability certification. In a public letter, the.... read more
Sainsbury's own-brand Maldives tuna to become 100% sustainable
December 4, 2012
Sainsbury's is to solely use Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified skipjack tuna from the Maldives in its own label canned product from next year. Already the UK's largest retailer of MSC-certified sustainable fish in the UK – selling more than 130 products carrying the logo – the supermarket says the move is a... read more
Demand For Sustainable Skipjack Goes Global
December 4, 2012
The global demand for Pacifical skipjack tuna is becoming obvious as major Australian food retailer, Coles Supermarkets, echoes European grocery chains this week in its quest for a sustainable supply of the canned fish. “We are impressed with the PNA MSC certification and disheartened that, as yet, no MSC certified skipjack tuna is available for us to purchase,” writes John Durkan, the company’s... read more
World’s Most Sustainable Retailer Wants Certified Pacifical Skipjack
November 13, 2012
The world’s most sustainable retailer is urging tuna purse seiner owners active in a Pacific fishery to start catching sustainably, so it can meet the “very high” consumer demand for environmentally friendly canned tuna. Coop – the largest retail and wholesale company in Switzerland – says it is disappointed with the total lack... read more
Dansk Supermarked Frustrated Over Lack of MSC Skipjack
November 6, 2012
A leading retailer in Denmark is expressing its frustration with the lack of sustainably caught skipjack tuna from a fishery that was certified as sustainable nearly a year ago. With an annual turnover of more than USD 11 billion, Dansk Supermarked is the latest buyer in Europe to publicly show its support for the Parties to the Nauru... read more
Major EU Retailer Urges Canneries To Process MSC Skipjack
October 30, 2012
One of the largest retailers in Austria is calling on canneries in the PNA countries to start producing MSC certified skipjack tuna. The public action coincides with a statement issued last week by Anova Seafood, a major distributor of fresh and frozen fish that urged tuna boat owners operating in the PNA region to start catching... read more
Tuna Boat Owners fishing in the Waters of the PNA Countries
October 22, 2012
Through this letter we as Anova Seafood would like to publicly express our strong interest in buying MSC certified skipjack tuna for our worldwide customers. Anova Seafood is committed to work towards developing a sustainable supply of responsible caught seafood product and ensuring high quality sustainable fish for... read more
“Trial Trips” Starting Up For The Upcoming MSC Chain Of Custody Certification
June 7, 2012
Retailers, suppliers, foodservice companies are already busy planning the launch of their MSC skipjack tuna later this year. So, many of them have been asking us “When exactly can we expect MSC skipjack from the PNA on our shelves?” As per the latest developments and information available to us, we... read more
PNA Is “Beyond Single Species Management” Say WWF, Greenpeace And PEW
June 7, 2012
We are proud to be honored with the support of the three worlds’ most influential conservation organizations Greenpeace, WWF and PEW. Recently they issued a joint statement in support of the PNA, this seldom happens, so we feel fortunate and are very thankful for it. These 3 organizations found it necessary to publically... read more
Pacifical Presents At The World Tuna INFOFISH Trade Conference In Bangkok
June 7, 2012
PNA and Pacifical could not miss the TUNA 2012 conference, which took place two weeks ago. Several interesting debates and speeches were held from the 23 – 25 of May in Bangkok. PNA chair person Ms. Nannette Malsol and Pacifical Commercial Director Mr. Henk Brus both gave valuable presentations on the global impact... read more
PNA Ministers Make Important Commitments – Crucial To Pacifical’s Future
June 7, 2012
We promised to let you know this month about outcomes of the PNA ministerial meeting in Alotau, PNG. We, at Pacifical, trust that we will soon see real results of all these important decisions taken in terms of the sustainable management of our tuna resources. Several important commitments were made by the Ministers; for... read more
CORRECTION Only High Pocket No 1 Opened For Philippines, Not No 2
April 26, 2012
In the previous Pacifical Newsletter sent on April 24th, we featured the item “Disappointing Outcomes at the Last WCPFC Meeting” in the last section. One of the paragraphs in this article addressed the lift of the tuna fishing ban in the High Seas Pockets 1 and 2 of the Pacific Ocean. In the piece it was stated that a limited number of... read more
The PNA / MSC Chain Of Custody, Innovating The Tuna Supply Chain
April 24, 2012
We are getting closer and closer to the market introduction of the MSC skipjack tuna, caught and processed in the pristine waters of our PNA nations. I bet you must be curious to know when you can expect to see the first products on your store shelves? ... Let us update you on that. Before a MSC certified fishery can bring its product to the... read more
We Are Celebrating The World Tuna Day On MAY 2nd... How About You?
April 24, 2012
10 days to go! The countdown for the first annual International World Tuna Day has now started. Pacifical and the PNA have numerous activities ready so that we can bring to the world’s attention these wonderful tuna species playing such a crucial role in our islands economies and our future... If you are organizing activities... read more
Upcoming PNA Ministerial Meeting In PNG - EXTRA SPECIAL!
April 24, 2012
Next week an important PNA meeting takes place from the 29th of April till the 2nd of May in Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea, where all the 8 PNA ministers of Fisheries will gather to review policies and managerial decisions, and look at the potential impacts of the outcome of the WCPFC meeting directly affecting... read more
Disappointing Outcomes At The Last WCPFC Meeting
April 24, 2012
As you perhaps have seen already in the news, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting took place last month in Guam, from March 26th to 30th. This important meeting had the purpose of deciding rules for the fishing of tuna throughout the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, the world’s largest... read more
Chain Of Custody – Why is it so important?
February 15, 2012
Chain of Custody (COC) basically means that there is a process or system in place assuring that, when skipjack tuna is caught, it is confirmed as really free school, all the criteria on the sustainable approved fishing method and area is met and that this tuna is kept totally separate from any unsustainable catch, from the moment it's caught till it reaches the final consumer. For the MSC... read more
When can I expect to find the First MSC skipjack on the Shelves?
February 15, 2012
Once we have received the COC certification, it will take about one month before this tuna is processed, packed and loaded in sea transport containers. For example, the trip from the PNA to Europe will take almost 2 months by boat. So at the earliest, we expect to have the first cans on the shelves by end of July or early August... read more
PACIFICAL to celebrate on May 2nd WORLD TUNA DAY for the first time!
February 15, 2012
Our calendars are already marked on May 2nd with World Tuna Day. This year will be the first year we will be celebrating this day, so make sure you do not forget; get your Smartphone or agenda and mark that date now! The World Tuna Day is a day to commemorate this fantastic wild species, which is super healthy, offer great taste... read more
Why do we put Observers on Board and not just cameras?
February 15, 2012
Educating and training onboard observers, who accurately monitor all procedures on the tuna purse seine vessel, is an essential component in managing tuna fisheries. PNA observers are employed by their governments, and are fully independent, switching between boats, and almost year round at sea. Managing and... read more
Director of Pacifical meets with the Prince of Wales
February 15, 2012
Mr. Maurice Brownjohn, commercial manager of the PNA Office and also director of Pacifical c.v., recently met with the Prince of Wales in London, as part of a meeting to launch the International Sustainability Unit (ISU) fisheries programme. The Prince's Charities established the International Sustainability Unit (ISU) on Fisheries, to... read more
YEAH! PNA Free School Skipjack Officially MSC Certified
January 10, 2012
What we had been hoping for has finally happened our PNA free school skipjack fishery has been MSC certified! We just received the official MSC announcement yesterday, January 9th 2012, and wanted to wait for this official statement before sharing it with you. In fact the approval was already sent by the independent adjudicator... read more
Final MSC Skipjack Certification Verdict by Christmas?
November 29, 2011
The best Christmas present for our countries in 2011 would be the announcement of the MSC Certification for our free school skipjack fisheries. It would be well deserved. It’s been a long journey, but we're just a couple weeks away from the announcement of the final word from MSC. As you are probably aware, a hearing took.... read more
Pacifical People were already hooking tuna 42.000 Years Ago!
November 29, 2011
Recent discoveries have shown how important tuna is for the people of the Pacific. It is hard to imagine that 42.000 years ago, tuna was already caught with man-made fishing hooks. They made them out of bones; however it is not yet clear for what kind of species the hooks were used for. Recent excavations on the island of Timor... read more
“Pirates of the Pacific” Sneaking Into the High Sea Pockets!
November 29, 2011
No, we are not talking about a new movie… but about the hard reality of today. With value of tuna increasing, conservation and management measures of our PNA countries closing specific tuna fishing areas, there are signs of an increase of Illegal, Unregistered and Unregulated tuna fishing. Some fishing vessels to whom... read more
How Global Warming Makes Tuna an even more important food source in the Pacific
November 29, 2011
Global warming and pollution are killing the coral reefs in our coastal areas. These coral reefs are basically habitats that provide food and resources for our fish species. The destruction of the coral reefs is causing anxiety with coastal fishing communities that depend on the catch and consumption of reef fish. Now they are being... read more
“La Nina” affecting Tuna Catches in parts of the PNA
November 29, 2011
The past few months Nauru, one of the PNA states, has been benefitting from an unusual high level tuna catches. It may give you the perception that there is a general abundance of the tuna stock. However, the current large quantity of tuna is not related to tuna stock increase, but purely to the environmental phenomenon... read more
Days of Truth for our MSC certification - November 8th and 9th 2011
October 27, 2011
After overcoming a lot of obstacles in getting the dates fixed with the objectors from the Spanish tuna industry and the ISSF, we can finally say that the MSC adjudicator has fixed the dates of the objection hearing of the PNA Free School skipjack tuna to November 8th and 9th in London! Last month we told you we were in the last.... read more
How Can You really be sure that You Get Sustainable Fished Tuna?
October 27, 2011
Probably one of the most important reasons that the MSC standard has become so widely accepted, is that it has such a rigorous assessment and Chain of Custody certification process. With demand for sustainable fished tuna rising rapidly all over the world, it is tempting and also lucrative to attach a sustainability logo... read more
Why we think Sustainability and Social Standards should go hand-in-hand
October 27, 2011
One of the main objectives of Pacifical is to improve the social standards of our people who work on the boats, in the ports and within the processing plants. In our view it is not possible to be ethical on caring about the environment - without applying the same ethical values to the people that work and deal with it on a daily... read more
Is Pacifical open to business with every company?
October 27, 2011
We have been receiving a lot of questions from companies interested to start business with us on our (hopefully soon MSC certified) free school skipjack tuna from the PNA. However, the reality is that we will not be able to supply all those companies, simply for the reason that we will start gradually. In the beginning we will not have... read more
The World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary in the PNA
October 27, 2011
We are proud to tell you that a PNA member country; the Republic of the Marshall Islands, is now home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary. The Nitijela, the Marshallese parliament, unanimously passed legislation this week that ends all commercial fishing of sharks in the entire 1,990,530 square kilometers... read more
How Is The PNA Skipjack MSC Certification Going?
September 27, 2011
Let us share with you what has recently happened on our MSC certification process for free school skipjack fisheries. After the load of objections received from the tuna industry organizations OPAGAG (Spain) – Eurothon (Europe) and ISSF (Global), we were happy to receive a series of positive submissions from the... read more
See How Pacifical FAD Free Fishing Works In Practice!
September 27, 2011
Recently, there has been a lot of attention in the media for FAD free tuna, but few of us know really how it works in practice. This is the reason why Pacifical contracted earlier this year a professional film crew for three months to travel through the PNA and to register on video how a purse seiner really catches a free school of... read more
PACIFICAL at the Pacific Tuna Forum on the EU markets
September 27, 2011
On September 6th and 7th of 2011, the Pacific Tuna Forum took place in one of our most beautiful PNA nations Palau. Around 200 delegates participated to discuss about the global tuna situation and its effect on the tuna industry within the WCPO (Western Central Pacific Ocean). With an annual tuna production of approximately... read more
Why EU canneries oppose the development in the pacific?
September 27, 2011
Tuna industry members from several parts of the world convene in Vigo to discuss a range of subjects. One of the major issues on the agenda will be the EPA of Papua New Guinea with the European Union. This EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement) will let PNG export canned tuna and also pre-cooked frozen tuna... read more
Great market interest for certified PNA free school skipjack tuna
August 23, 2011
The demand for FAD free caught skipjack and yellowfin tuna is growing every day. Through daily email requests from tuna brands, and retailers from many of the major canned tuna markets around the world we see that people are becoming aware of the advantages of buying sustainable caught and certified Free School... read more
MSC certified PNA free school skipjack When can we finally buy it?
August 23, 2011
Many of you have been aproaching us with the question when you can finally buy MSC certified skipjack tuna? Unfortunately we do not have a precise final date for you yet! But we are confident it will definitely be within this year 2011! Why is it taking so long? Well first of all we had the assesment process for MSC, during which our... read more
August 23, 2011
Next year may 2nd will be the first time that we can celebrate together World Tuna Day. So please get your agenda now and mark it! A great opportunity to attract extra attention from your customers, members, colleagues and family members to this great fish which provides such delicious, healthy and nutritious food to so many people around the world. A fantastic fish that needs us to urgently start... read more
A minimum price for a PNA tuna fishing day
August 23, 2011
For too long the waters of the PNA have been fished for tuna by large fishing nations such as Japan, Taiwan, USA, Korea and more recently by Spain without our countries receiving proper financial compensation or participation. If you consider that an average tuna purse seiner catches about 30,000 kg of tuna a day , worth maybe Usd 55,000, to the boat and more than double when... read more
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The Nauru Agreement is a subregional agreement on terms and conditions for tuna purse seine fishing licenses in the region. The Parties to the Nauru Agreement are...