Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. (May 24, 2021) – FCF CO., LTD. (FCF), one of the world’s largest tuna suppliers, today announced that it will be entering two new Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) longline fishery assessments. The process comes as a result of two years of implementation of Indian Ocean and Western and Central Pacific Ocean Longline Albacore Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) action plans along with The Bumble Bee Seafood Company and non-profit organization Ocean Outcomes. The FIPs work to ensure the abundance of tuna stocks, mitigate fishing impact on other species, and ensure that fisheries are monitored and well-managed.
The two new MSC longline assessments will span three oceans, three tuna species and more than 250 longline vessels with multiple nations including Taiwan, Fiji, Vanuatu, and others, with a goal to achieve certification by the end of 2022. Once certified, these longline vessels will begin supplying certified albacore, yellowfin and bigeye tuna in early 2023.
“We are proud to be part of the major sustainable tuna fisheries around the world,” said Max Chou, President of FCF. “Since 2013, FCF has made great progress toward our sustainability commitments including achieving Friend of the Sea certification, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certifications, FCF Sustainability Program, Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIPs), Social Responsibility Program, and our involvement with the Seafood Task Force along with other leading international organizations.”
The longline fisheries will be assessed against the three core principles and 28 scoring indicators set out in the MSC Fisheries Standard by conformity assessment body, Control Union. The three core principals are: sustainable fish stocks, minimizing environmental impact, and effective fishery management. MSC is the only global wild-capture fisheries certification program that simultaneously meets best practice requirements set by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) and International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labeling Alliance (ISEAL). MSC sets the Fishery Standard but is not involved in the full assessment being conducted by the independent operator.
FCF has been expanding its engagement in and sourcing from the sourcing from MSC certified fisheries since 2015 and is working toward sourcing skipjack tuna entirely from MSC certified fisheries by the end of 2021.
About FCF CO., LTD.
FCF CO., LTD. (FCF), a Taiwanese company, is one of the world’s largest integrated supply-chain service providers for the marine products industry. With 40-plus years of experience in the trading and marketing of tuna products, FCF has established more than 30 subsidiaries, fishing bases and shipping agents throughout the world to serve its customers. As an industry leader in sustainability, traceability, and social responsibility, FCF works closely with governments and non-governmental organizations to ensure the environmental sustainability of tuna stock and marine life around the globe.