WWF implements programme to reduce illegal fishing

Participants part of the MSC CoC Traceability workshop. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE World Wide Fund for Nature(WWF) is implementing a component under the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme relating to the reduction of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the region.

This was revealed by WWF representative Kesaia Tabunakawai while speaking at Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standards and Marine Stewardship Council(MSC) Chain of Custody/Traceability in Fiji’s Tuna Longline Industry Workshop.

Ms Tabunakawai said  this workshop was  a first of many initiatives under the programme which would continue to safeguard livelihoods and ensured that the fishery continued  to provide for current and future generations of families dependent on tuna either directly or indirectly well into the future.

“The workshop will see Fiji’s offshore fishing industry partners undergo training from experts in the field of MSC fisheries standards and chain of custody requirements, and traceability to ensure Fiji’s albacore and yellowfin MSC certification within its exclusive economic zone and adjacent high seas are well-managed,” she said.

The workshop concludes tomorrow.

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