Certifier : 
Control Union (UK) Limited
Certified status : 
Certified
Certified since : 
07 Sep 2017
Certificate expires : 
06 Mar 2023

Overview

Fisheries are composed of one or more parts, each of which is entitled to receive an MSC certificate. These parts or “units” are defined by their target stock(s), fishing gear type(s) and if relevant vessel type(s), and the fishing fleets or groups of vessels.

When the term “Unit of Certification” is used for fishing units that are in assessment, it refers to the “Unit of Assessment” or “Unit of potential certification”. Expand a status below to view the parts that form this fishery. To check the detailed scope, download the latest certificate or open the Assessments page to get the latest report. Find out more by visiting our page on Fisheries

Units of Certification & Certificate Information

  • Certified
    MSC UoC Number Species Gear Type Ocean Area Certificate Code
    UoC-1290 Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) Surrounding Nets - With purse lines (purse seines): Dolphin-Associated 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central) MSC-F-31326 (F-SCS-0106)
    UoC-1165 Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) Surrounding Nets - With purse lines (purse seines): Free Set 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central) MSC-F-31326 (F-SCS-0106)
  • Suspended
    MSC UoC Number Species Gear Type Ocean Area Certificate Code
    UoC-1291 Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) Surrounding Nets - With purse lines (purse seines): Dolphin-Associated 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central) MSC-F-31326 (F-SCS-0106)
    UoC-1166 Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) Surrounding Nets - With purse lines (purse seines): Free Set 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central) MSC-F-31326 (F-SCS-0106)

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) 2019 9,629
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) 2021 96,001

Information is provided by an independent Conformity Assessment Body as live weight (the weight of species at the time of catch, before processing) and where a fishing season covers multiple years, the end year is given as the reported catch year. Additional information is available in the latest report, see the assessments page.

About this Fishery

The Northeastern Tropical Pacific Purse Seine yellowfin and skipjack tuna fishery achieved MSC certification in 2017 following a two-year, detailed assessment. The fishery is managed by the Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST) comprised of four leaders in the Mexican tuna industry: Grupomar, Herdez del Fuerte, Pesca Azteca, and Procesa.

Each team of fishermen works proactively to minimize impact on the ocean ecosystem including aiming for 100% live release of all non-target species. Their efforts include using a specially designed net that incorporates a fine mesh safety panel, known as the ‘Medina Panel,’ which allows non-tuna species to swim clear of the net. The industry also employs highly specialized and trained divers to assist any remaining dolphins with escaping the net prior to lifting the net.

The fishery operates in compliance with all requirements of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), the Regional Fishery Management Organization. Importantly, the fishing fleet adheres to the Agreement on International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP), a legally binding multilateral agreement between fishing nations within the IATTC with conservation objectives. The AIDCP was awarded the Margarita Lizárraga Medalby the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 2005 for its “unqualified success” in protecting dolphins and ensuring the sustainability of fishing in the EPO.

Find out more about this fishery:


News release: Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna earns MSC certification >

Download:  factsheet and timeline >

Blog post: A Mexican milestone for tuna >

 

Market Information

In 2013, preliminary figures show that PAST caught 97,538 tonnes of yellowfin and 12,393 tonnes of skipjack. PAST supplies domestic and foreign markets.