SAN DIEGO—South Pacific Tuna Corporation announced today that it has signed a memorandum
of understanding (MOU) with PNAO/Pacifical, the marketing arm of the eight Pacific Island Nations
known as the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), to supply tuna that meets Marine Stewardship
Council (MSC) standards.
MSC standards are considered the most stringent of the current managed sustainability programs. This
action underscores South Pacific Tuna Corporation’s commitment to maintaining the highest
sustainability standards while harvesting tuna from PNA island waters. The company oversees
management and operations of 14 U.S. Flag tuna vessels owned by “The Global Fleets,” Ocean
Global Fisheries LLC, Sea Global Fisheries LLC and Pacific Global LLC.
“The Global Fleets have long-embraced sustainable fishing practices in action, rather than just
theory,” said South Pacific Tuna Corporation Executive Director and Global Fleets partner J. Douglas
“This MOU makes us the first among the U.S. Distant Water Tuna Fleet to make a public
commitment to sustainable fishing practices as certified by the Marine Stewardship Council—
including effective management and minimal environmental impact. It is not only a commitment to
the PNA Countries, but to their customers and consumers throughout the world. This is truly a first
step in creating an 'Ocean to Table' project.”
Hines stressed that the MOU is not a product of non-governmental (NGO) agency action, but a sincere
commitment to provide the highest conservation standards in tuna supplied thru the PNA Nations
“The US Fleet is considered a Global leader in promoting environmental standards with strict
adherence to regulations,” Hines said. “Hopefully, more members of the of Distant Water Tuna Fleet
will adopt similar sustainability practices and together work toward a sustainable fish stock and
diverse ecosystem.” Hines, along with other Industry colleagues, has been a strong proponent of
working with governments of regional and industrial Distant Water Fishing Nations to effect change
through science-based best practices and equal compliance.
Maurice Brownjohn, Commercial Manager of PNA fisheries said, “As world leaders in tuna
conservation and management, this is a great development. We look forward to working closely with
The Global Fleets in promoting tuna that is sustainability harvested in our waters to ensure that we
will have continued supply for future generations.”
The project to bring The Global Fleets under Pacifical has been a year in the making. The Fleets will
work with the offices of PNA and Pacifical to develop the criteria for certification and to collaborate
with their Global partners to ensure traceability and reporting.
South Pacific Tuna Corporation also supports social and economic development of the PNA nations
by highlighting the origin of the PNA MSC certified tuna. All eligible raw material caught by South
Pacific Tuna vessels will display the Pacifical logo when it reaches the consumer, with a link to the
region. The use of this logo represents the company’s commitment towards the PNA people and
appreciation of the opportunity to manage and preserve their ocean ecosystem for years to come.
About South Pacific Tuna Corporation
South Pacific Tuna Corporation is a United States-based tuna vessel management company
headquartered in San Diego, California. Its 14 U.S. flag tuna vessels fish in the Western Pacific under
the rules and regulations outlined by the South Pacific Tuna Treaty. Learn more about the company’s
commitment to safety and environmental sustainability at www.sopactuna.com.
Pacifical c.v. is a global marketing company of the Parties of the Nauru Agreement (PNA)
Countries. It was established in 2011 to promote and actively trade PNA’s Marine Stewardship
Council-certified, sustainably harvested skipjack tuna to consumers around the world. The eight
PNA Countries include: Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau,
Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu. Together, they control the world’s largest
sustainable tuna purse seine fishery, supplying 50 percent of the world’s skipjack tuna. More at