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Maintaining marine life in the Antarctic region

MSC Fisheries Manager, Bill Holden talks about the collaborative stewardship of krill fisheries.
Krill fishing vessel on sea in front of icey mountains, Antarctica

MSC Senior Fisheries Manager, Bill Holden, recently spoke during the 34th Meeting of the commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). Here, he shares his thoughts from the talk, which focussed on the importance of good stewardship and the roles that fisheries, governments and CCAMLR all play in maintaining marine life in the Antarctic region.

The pristine areas of the Southern Ocean and Antarctic region are teeming with life yet vulnerable to the effects of climate change and overfishing. In the face of these competing commercial and environmental interests, effective stewardship is essential to maintaining the region’s rich biodiversity.

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MSC inside story: The world’s largest sustainable tuna fishery

Almost half of the world's tuna is landed by the PNA tuna fishery which is MSC certified as sustainable and well managed. Bill Holden explains what this means.
Bill Holden MSC Pacific fisheries manager

Originally from San Diego, Bill Holden landed a Peace Corp posting in Tonga, in the Pacific Islands and decided to stay on for a while. He owned and operated a tuna fishing business for more than 20 years before joining the MSC. He recently appeared in the National Geographic Wild documentary Mission: Save the Ocean, talking about the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) skipjack tuna fishery which operates in the western and central Pacific. We asked him a few questions about his work…

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