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 place on the 8th and 9th of November in London headed by the independent adjudicator – Mrs. Melanie Cater. Last week she announced that she has planned to give her final decision just before Christmas this year.

The objections of the Tuna industry groups (OPAGAG, Eurothon and ISSF) that serious procedural and other irregularities have taken place in the report by the certification body Intertek Moody Ltd, were dismissed and not upheld by the adjudicator. Also 7 other objections raised were dismissed.

However, the adjudicator has concluded that the tuna industry groups did rightly identify 5 points in the final assessment-report that were related to mistakes of facts. The auditor of Intertek Moody and the PNA now have until December 1st to correct and clarify these points – which we are confident that they will do satisfactory.

The ISSF twitter message about our certification being "Blocked" perhaps gives you an idea of what their hopes and intentions are, but it is certainly not true. Merely it has been postponed another month. We remain hopeful and confident that we are doing the right thing and that Santa will reward us! The full text on the decision can be found under this link: MSC tuna decision
Stay up-to-date on the development of Pacifical MSC Tuna.

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