Pacifical News

PNA Names New Chief Executive

The 8 Pacific Island nations that are the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) have appointed a new Chief Executive to head their PNA Office (PNAO). Dr. Sangaalofa Clark will be replacing Ludwig Kumoru who was CEO for the last four years. Dr. Sangaalofa Clark has worked as the Policy Manager for the PNA, coordinating…

USA: MSC Canned Tuna Snapshot 2020

The North American landscape is changing drastically and rapidly. US grocery stores have started to introduce MSC certified canned tuna products as low as 0.68 USD per can, a truly revolutionary move that showcases the progression of MSC canned tuna becoming the norm, heading towards the “mainstream market”. Pacifical has been closely observing the recent developments…

Join Pacifical In Celebrating World Oceans Day

Today we – as Pacifical team – invite you to celebrate WORLD OCEANS DAY together with us:Today we celebrate the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean. The ocean feeds us, regulates our climate and contains such fragile ecosystems, many of which are undiscovered. Tuna is one of the world’s main ocean species…

Pacifical reaction to Press Release by FIA on June 2nd

On June 2nd Mr. Sylvester Pokajam who is the President of the Fishery Industry Association in Papua New Guinea ( PNG), sent out a press release in which the following statement was included: Quote: “We don’t support the manner in which the PNA MSC / Pacifical has gone ahead to use the COVID-19 pandemic as…

Pacifical Honors Kiribati Tuna Observer Eritara Aati Kaierua

We as Pacifical PNA have been deeply saddened by the news of the death of one of our fellow countryman, Eritara Aati Kaierua from Kiribati, whilst working as a PNA MSC trained observer on board of the Taiwanese purse seiner Win Far No. 636. Our prayers, thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family. Our…

Germany: MSC Canned Tuna Market Snapshot 2020

Our Pacifical team follows the developments of the MSC world tuna markets on a constant basis. Since we are here to support your tuna sustainability ambitions, we thought it would be good to share with you our findings in each market in a brief snapshot. We have started with Germany this month, and will be…

The Faces Behind Tuna | Happy World Tuna Day

Who is behind your MSC Pacifical tuna? Who woke up one morning, had a cup of coffee, and got down to work to make tuna available for you? Tomorrow, May 2nd, we are celebrating World Tuna Day. We wanted to recognize each of the people along the tuna supply chain with a page called“The Faces Behind…

COVID-19: PNA announces MSC CoC Temporary Variation on Observer Coverage

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the PNA countries and Pacifical have implemented a temporary variation to its chain of custody (CoC) to reflect the unprecedented force majeure situation the world is currently facing.“The PNA nations are extremely small and vulnerable island economies. In order to maintain virus-free status, rigid quarantine measures have had…

PNA MSC CoC Certificate Renewed

The MSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification for the PNA Western and Central Pacific Skipjack and Yellowfin Unassociated / Non FAD set (Free School) Tuna Purse Seine Fishery, has been renewed until 13th July 2022. “We are thrilled to continue offering our very robust MSC Chain of Custody, involving 227 partner purse seine vessels and over…

Tuna Ordered On The Menu To Save Pacific’ Reef Fish

Tuna is rarely found on the menus of Pacific island-based hotels and resorts, although it is the most profitable export product for many of these nations. Caught in the high sea, the tuna is usually exported directly to foreign countries and production industries. Local fishermen prefer to go for the easy-to-catch reef fish, which are…

Gustav Gerig Launches Blockchain For Pacifical MSC Tuna Products

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. The products will be recognizable by the Pacifical logo on the cans lids. By making this bold move,…

Pacifical Gives Feedback On Seafoodsource.com Article

Yesterday, on Tuesday, October 16th, SeafoodSource.com 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 Pacifical. According to Pacifical, prior to the release of this “Top Story”, Seafood Source did not reach out to…

PNA Association Reacts On Spreading Of Malicious Misinformation About Pacifical

Majuro, RMI – Marshall Islands Minister of Natural Resources & Commerce, Hon. Dennis Momotaro has refuted industry driven rumors calling into question the financial management and governance of the PNA’s Pacifical cv, joint venture. This is ironic when over 90% of the sector including other MSC certificate holders continue working with Pacifical cv, and that…

Pacifical MSC Sustainable Tuna Now Traceable via Ethereum Blockchain

Starting this month, several hundred million tuna steaks, pouches and cans will be able to have their origin traced and verified via the blockchain. Pacifical, in cooperation with Atato, has extended its existing innovative traceability platform and started publishing MSC tuna sustainability certification and traceability data using the Ethereum public blockchain. A new level of…

World’s Largest Sustainable Tuna Fishery Launches Ethereum Blockchain

8 PNA Pacific Island nations and the associated Tokelau territory, with 25% of the world’s tuna caught in their waters, announced at the SeaWeb Sustainable Seafood Summit in Barcelona that they will launch a blockchain initiative covering all its MSC certified sustainably caught tuna by the end of July 2018. The tuna products will be…

Officially Recertified: PNA Free-School Skipjack & Yellowfin Fishery

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 to sustainable and fully traceable MSC Pacifical Tuna caught in the waters of our Pacific Islands Nations. The renewed…

PNA Scores Slam Dunk In MSC Adjudication Process

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 fisheries should be recertified. The outcome is a slam dunk for the PNA countries after a record amount of…

Chicken of the Sea Partners with Pacifical on MSC Certified Tuna

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 Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) in the Western Central Pacific Ocean. Chicken of the Sea has introduced Pacifical MSC certified…

PNG Starts A Revolution In Tuna Processing

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 Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill. In an attempt to boost domestic processing, the PNG government has taken a revolutionary…

Update On PNA’s Free-School Recertification

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 126-page letter response, the objector IPNLF did not find that Acoura’s response resolved their objection and decided…

Pacifical MSC Products Penetrate Chinese Retail Market

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 eco-system. A wide variety of John West Australia’s preserved MSC tuna products, which are manufactured in Thailand,…

PNA & Pacifical One Step Closer To Recertification

CAB Remains Firm On Our MSC Certification 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 (IPNLF), which argued against recertification of our PNA MSC free-school…

PACIFICAL & RD Sign MoU: Increasing MSC Supply

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 fishing and processing group, has now committed to catching MSC certified free-school skipjack and yellowfin tuna and to creating more…

ANNOUNCEMENT: Pacifical Lowers Its Service Fee

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 against many powerful market forces in order to get catches, production, distribution…

Final Report Determines PNA Fishery Should Be Recertified MSC

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 (CAB), Acoura Marine’s Final Report on the reassessment of the PNA Western and Central Pacific skipjack and yellowfin…

Saving Bigeye and How Our Chain of Custody Works

How Our Multilevel CoC Assures You Get MSC Free School Tuna 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 of our…

“On The Hook” Hits At MSC With Unnamed “Major UK Brands”

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 recertification, however it’s not totally clear which these brands are. The MSC has reacted, believing the…

Pacifical CEO’s reaction to the On The Hook Campaign

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 the world’s largest tuna fishery” by going against MSC and our PNA…

Pacifical’s Yellowfin The Cleanest Sustainable Tuna In The Market

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 MSC certified yellowfin products caught within the PNA waters of the WCPO, not only one of the…

100% Committed To Our People Of The Pacific

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 tuna certification and the Pacifical project possible. At Pacifical we aim to empower…

PNA Reaches 2,000 MSC Tuna Fishing Trips

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 yellowfin fishery. We are excited to share this breakthrough moment with you! Since 2013, the PNA…

Kiribati Now Has An EU Competent Authority

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 EU Commission implementing decision here. (Current version: 14/12/2019) This means that Pacifical is now able to offer MSC…

Brief Update On Our MSC Certification Reassessment

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 review. Certainly, the scores awarded reflect the fishery’s strong and robust management! Acoura Marine is the third…

How Will Stakeholders React To PNA’s Top MSC Scores?

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 report, opening the floor to stakeholder comments. The big question is; how will stakeholders react following a recent…

MSC Conscious Australia Rising Market For Thai Canners

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 this year, canners in Thailand sent nearly 15,000 tons of canned tuna to the Australian market,…

Palau President: Close 30% Of World’s Oceans

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 need to step up to ensure sustainable development of fisheries through a…

WWF Advises Swedes To Only Buy MSC Tuna

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 consumers to look for the MSC logo when buying tuna, in…

Happy World Tuna Day!

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 resource that benefits the livelihoods of many. First celebrated as a small event in Papua New…

World’s First Pizza Chain To Serve Pacifical MSC Skipjack

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 as well as its strong support for the 8 PNA Island nations by choosing Pacifical MSC certified tuna as…

United Nations Confirms World Tuna Day

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 in 2011, the initiative from the PNA and Pacifical was created to spread awareness of the…

Kiribati First Tuna Plant Starts Coop With Pacifical

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 by the parties and starting January 2017, KFL will be able to process sustainable MSC certified Pacifical tuna. “We…

Pacifical MSC Certified Tuna Now Available at IKEA

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, certified as sustainably caught in the pristine ecosystem of the PNA waters and fully traceable…

PNA Trains Micro Canners To Boost Food Security From Bycatch

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 every year. Training is taking place this week in Majuro, the Marshall Islands, which…

John West Australia Campaign Wins Ethical Award

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 awards recognize the world’s leading organizations in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainable supply chains and communications. John West, Australia’s most…

Princes Introduces Pacifical MSC Tuna

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 Pacifical logo on their products. “It is a great pleasure to work alongside with…

MSC Defends Mixed Certification From OPAGAC Criticism

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 rigor of such accreditation, stating that these fleets still largely depend on drifting FADs (dFADs). MSC’s main…

PACIFICAL launches Social Guidelines for Its MSC Tuna Fisheries

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, working in one of world’s most complex and extensive seafood supply chains. The aim…

MSC Reassessment Process to Start for PNA Tuna Fisheries

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 certification, already planned since 2011 when the MSC certificate was granted to the PNA. Once an MSC…

Australia Leading The World In Sustainably Caught Tinned Tuna

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 that established the world’s biggest sustainable fishery. As Jemima Garrett reports.…

Strong Leader Of The PNA Passes Away

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 Head of Palau’s Fisheries, died on Thursday after a long battle…

Happy World Tuna Day!

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 first celebrated as a small event in 2011, in Alotau, Papua New Guinea; we…

Palau To Become First FAD-Free Zone In PNA

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 be permitted. The amended Act from the people of Palau, if…

Kick Off To Fifth World Tuna Day

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 of its social media campaign, which will include a statement of support for…

New CEO for the PNA Office

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 managed body of water in the WCPO, the world’s largest MSC certified…

May 2nd: Celebrate World Tuna Day!

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 citizens of Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands,…

Join us at the Global Seafood Expo 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 provide a great opportunity to drink a coffee together…

Bumble Bee Announces Partnership with Pacifical

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 Nauru Agreement (PNA) in the Western Central Pacific Ocean. Those eight countries set up the Pacifical organization in 2011…

Palau Says Goodbye To The Man Who Protected Its Oceans

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 out commercial fishing in the country’s waters. Born in Bronxville, New York, Beck…

Join Us at the Boston Seafood Show

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. Please stop by to introduce yourself and meet our team. This would be a great opportunity to get together…

Pacifical and PNA Secure MSC Certification for Yellowfin Tuna

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 global marketing company for its MSC certified tuna, Pacifical. The Parties of the…

John West, WWF And MSC United For Sustainable Oceans

MELBOURNE, Australia, Feb. 3, 2016 /MANGO/ — 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 methods within the canned tuna industry in Australia, thanks to Pacifical, supplied by the…

PNA Wins Global Award For Vision On Tuna Sustainability

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 Malta. The company was selected from over 90 applicants. Of…

McDonald’s to Include Pacifical MSC Tuna in their Menu

Following a global commitment to sustainable fishing practices, McDonald’s 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 restaurants will be offering MSC certified tuna in their “Tuna Mediterranean Salad”. “At McDonald’s we have a goal…

Pacifical MSC Certified Tuna Provides 100% Verifiable Sustainable Catch

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 matter. The statement publicly warns that all “FAD-free” or “Free School” claims on tuna…

First Pacifical MSC Sustainable Tuna Hits The USA Market

Aramark (NYSE:ARMK), 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 minimizes by-catch levels and helps maintain fish populations. Pacifical will be one of the suppliers of raw material…

There is Enough Sustainable MSC Tuna for a Consistent Supply

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, retailers, food service companies, traders and even fast food restaurants…

FCF To Land First MSC Skipjack For PNG Processing

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 metric tons and will be processed at South Seas Tuna…

Satellite Connected Tablet Revolutionizes PNA Observer Work

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. The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) has announced its decision to start eCDS trials for…

How To Secure The Most Important Food And Money Source For Pacific People

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 of the most important food and income sources for Pacific island people. The outcomes of…

Join Pacifical Next Week at the Global Seafood Expo in Brussels!

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 Pavilion Hall 8 Booth 4543. This would be…

Pacifical Applauds Call for Certified FAD-Free To Stop Fraud

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 certification by the captain himself would be presumed to be false” said Javier Garat, the Secretary General of CEPESCA and President of Europeche. Pacifical…

Exciting News! FCF seiners started their First MSC trips

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 qualified fish. We are extremely happy to see our partnership strengthening day by…

FCF Signs MOU with Pacifical on MSC Certified Free School Skipjack Tuna

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 PNG. The MOU signed represents the beginning of a strong and mutually beneficial partnership, as well as…

Pacifical Welcomes Tri Marine Adoption of MSC Assessment

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…

Pacifical on a Sustainable Journey with South Pacific Tuna Corporation

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 of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). We feel extremely…

Is Pacifical now open to business with every company?

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…

Today May 2nd Pacifical is celebrating the WORLD TUNA DAY!

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,…

Successful European Tuna Conference and Seafood Show in Brussels For Pacifical!

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 the world’s largest seafood…

The Good News On Tuna That We Have All Been Waiting For

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…

Are there any vessels Already Fishing for MSC Skipjack tuna?

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…

What is the latest on the MSC Chain of Custody Certification?

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…

PNG Requires Fleets To Land MSC Pacifical Tuna

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…

World’s #1 Tuna Fishing Ground Relates Tuna Licenses To MSC Catch

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…

Norway’s Largest Retailer To List Pacifical MSC Tuna

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 the sustainable approach and the fact it is…

South Africa’s Pick n Pay Wants Skipjack With “Gold Standard”

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,…

Demand For Sustainable Skipjack Goes Global

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…

Sainsbury’s own-brand Maldives tuna to become 100% sustainable

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 significant step…

Dansk Supermarked Frustrated Over Lack of MSC Skipjack

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…

PNA Ministers Make Important Commitments – Crucial To Pacifical’s Future

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 Pacifical,…

PNA Is “Beyond Single Species Management” Say WWF, Greenpeace And PEW

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 express their…

Upcoming PNA Ministerial Meeting In PNG – EXTRA SPECIAL!

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…

The PNA / MSC Chain Of Custody, Innovating The Tuna Supply Chain

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…

Why do we put Observers on Board and not just cameras?

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 guiding these hundreds of observers, and collecting the massive…

Chain Of Custody – Why is it so important?

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…

YEAH! PNA Free School Skipjack Officially MSC Certified

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, Ms.…

How Global Warming Makes Tuna an even more important food source in the Pacific

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…

Pacifical People were already hooking tuna 42.000 Years Ago!

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…

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