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What does sustainable fishing really mean?

by Catherine Longo
MSC Impacts research manager Catherine Longo explains how scientists determine sustainability.
Shoal of fish near the surface of the ocean

“Sustainable fishing” may sound simple, but measuring whether or not a fishing operation is sustainable is actually quite complex, requiring plenty of research and data.

Fisheries scientists dedicate their time to studying how fishing can be balanced so as to allow aquatic species to maintain thriving populations, in a dynamically fluctuating and changing environment. Decades of research and managers’ experiences, trying to apply scientific advice on the ground, have shaped current practices in monitoring and managing fisheries sustainably.

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Maldives to USA: Sustainable tuna fisheries working together

by Elizabeth Huxley-Jones
Two aspiring pole and line tuna fishers from the Maldives are putting their burgeoning skills to the test off the coast of the USA as part of a unique exchange.
Maldivian fishermen catching Alabcore off the Pacific Coast of USA

Thanks to the support of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) two MSC certified sustainable fisheries are learning from each other in a unique exchange.

Throughout September 2014, two aspiring pole and line skipjack tuna fishers from the Maldives are putting their burgeoning skills to the test off the coast of Washington State. Moosa Shahudan and Yaman Abdulla from the Fishermen’s Community and Training Centre (FCTC) are working with peers aboard the vessel Royal Dawn, part of the American Albacore Fishing Association (AAFA).

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Maldives pole and line: a personal tale of sustainable tuna

Maldives pole and line tuna fishers by Emily Howgate

From Scotland to Switzerland, European families regularly enjoy tuna caught in the Maldives, hooked by the centuries-old fishing method of pole and line. In the UK, for example, most of the tinned MSC certified tuna you find in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s is Maldivian skipjack. In the Maldives, fishing is not just an industry, it’s a way of life. After tourism, tuna is the country’s major source of income and its primary export.

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Welcome to the Marine Stewardship Council’s global blog

Maldives pole and line skipjack tuna fishers

Welcome to our new blog from the Marine Stewardship Council where we will explore our vision to safeguard seafood supplies for this and future generations. With your support for our ecolabel and fishery certification program we can make that vision a reality.

We will use this blog to explain why seafood matters. We will explain our sometimes complex standards and principles; we will introduce you to some of the people who work hard behind the scenes at MSC; we will offer perspectives on the urgent issues facing our oceans; we will explore species we all love, such as beautiful tuna that cruise the oceans up to 55 miles an hour, bring you photoessays from our fisheries and gorgeous picture galleries from the deep, and of course we will give you tasty suggestions for all the MSC labelled fish you can eat.

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