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Seafoodsource: Papua New Guinea striving to be at forefront of seafood sustainability movement

The Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) doesn’t just want to fish sustainably – it wants to be at the forefront of sustainability globally.

Speaking with SeafoodSource during Seafood Expo Asia – which ran from 14 to 16 September, 2022, at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre – representatives of Papua New Guinea’s Fishing Industry Association (FIA) said the country is aiming to go above and beyond Marine Stewardship Council requirements in its tuna fishery, and add MSC certification to other fisheries soon – including mud crab, lobsters, and tilapia.

PNG first gained MSC certification for its purse-seine tuna fishery in 2020, with that certification covering 64 vessels targeting skipjack and yellowfin in both PNG’s exclusive economic zone and archipelagic waters. Of that total, 32 vessels were PNG-flagged and 32 vessels were Philippines-flagged, licensed as locally based foreign fishing vessels.

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