For years, Greenpeace has vigorously advocated for sustainable and equitable tuna fisheries in the Pacific.
Greenpeace’s vision for a transformed tuna fishery in Pacific Island countries includes the following key aspects. Methods of fishing used would be pole and line, troll, handline, free-school purse seine and best-practice longline. Tuna species would be harvested
at sustainable levels, with minimal bycatch. Tuna fishing vessels would be owned and operated by Pacific island communities and local entrepreneurs. Artisanal and village-based fisheries would be organised as cooperatives, to coordinate the sale of their catch and to set the strategic direction for their fishery.
Fish caught would be processed in the Pacific Islands region for canning, as well as for the high value-added and fresh or frozen tuna markets and would be ‘traceable’ down the supply chain. Products from such fisheries would receive independent verification of both environmental and social standards that can also ensure higher prices are fetched on the international market compared to unsustainable products.
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