21 Mar MSC assessment status
Albacore and yellowfin tuna (Thunnus alalunga and Thunnus albacares) Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus)
MSC assessment status
The Conformity Assessment Body, Macalister-Elliot & Partners Ltd, has announced that the Walker Seafood Australia Albacore and Yellowfin tuna, swordfish and mahi mahi longline fishery has entered full assessment.
FAO statistical area 81, Western and Central Pacific Ocean
Pelagic mid-set longline
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the RFMO which is the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).
Mainly fresh into domestic, Japan and the United States. There is very little frozen product.
The assessment process is expected to take 12 months and is scheduled for completion around March 2015. Please see the download section for a detailed assessment timeline. The target eligibility date for this fishery is the date of certification. The MSC ecolabel can only be applied to product from certified fisheries. The MSC program does allow, in certain circumstances and within strict traceability requirements, the MSC ecolabel to be applied following certification to product caught before the actual date of certification. The target eligibility date therefore represents the date from which products may become eligible to carry the MSC ecolabel, however they cannot be sold until and if the fishery is certified. The actual eligibility date will be determined if the fishery is certified to the MSC standard.
Sourcing from this fishery
Full details on the conditions and risks associated with sourcing under MSC assessment fish.
Tonnage of the fishery
Total TAC (Total Allowable Catch) established for the fishery in 2013: Albacore 2,500 tonnes Swordfish 1,396 tonnes Yellowfin 2,200 tonnes