An alternative model
Smaller-scale vessels provide ar greater benets to PacicIsland countries than larger industrial boats. They can belocally built, owned, operated and maintained by the islandstates, bringing the prots generated rom their activitiesinto the local economy. Having shing vessels built andbased locally creates multiplier eects in the economythrough employment and other businesses needed toservice and supply their operations.Local owners and investors have a greater stake in thelong-term sustainable management o sheries resourcesthan the ‘distant water’ large-scale industrial feets thathave moved to the Pacic ater overshing and maximisingshort-term gains in other ocean areas.
Markets paving the way toward transormation
The marketplace or tuna has changed in recent years,and an ever-increasing number o tuna brands, tradersand retailers are making a policy o sourcing and tradingtuna rom sustainable sheries. More recently, leadingcompanies have begun to seek out tuna rom sheriesoperating in ways that is both environmentally sustainableand socially responsible.In important canned tuna markets like Australia andthe UK, all major brands and retailers have committedto buying only responsibly sourced tuna like pole andline and ree-school purse seine. Large companies likeSaeway in the US and Mareblu in the EU have ollowedsuit. This equates to thousands o tonnes per year o extra demand or responsibly sourced tuna.Smaller-scale tuna sheries generating economicdevelopment in coastal island communities can takeadvantage o this growing retail demand and have greatpotential to make up a signicant portion o the sheryinto the uture.
Here at Sacol we led the way in Australia by being the frst company to move our entiretuna range to responsibly caught tuna. Thiswas an obvious choice or us to ensure the sustainability o the industry. We encouragecoastal states to develop locally-based, sustainable industries to meet their own goals and the wishes o our customers.”
(Sacol, 2013)One o the modes o tuna shing that is more socially andecologically sustainable and is encouraged by Greenpeaceis the pole and line method. This mode o shing ensuresvery little bycatch, and creates more employment thanpurse seine shing as it requires large shing crews,meaning more employment opportunities or local people.Currently the majority o locally caught pole and linetuna is supplied by Indonesia and the Maldives with theormer quickly expanding its production. Pacic Islandcountries should move quickly to enter the marketplace orresponsibly sourced tuna.
At Sirena, not only do we believe it is important to look ater fsh stocks, we also eel it is vital to support the people who go fshing. We support, and our customers demand, fsheries that are sustainable as well as air. We encouragecoastal states to move toward a model that uses responsible methods and provides or local fshing communities.”
© Greenpeace / Daniel M Ocampo