South Pacific Tuna Corp. Inks Deal with Pacific Island Nations to Supply Tuna under Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Standards

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

supply chain.

“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

About Pacifical

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