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By Cheerieann Wilson in Bali
Tuna caught in Pacific waters will soon be included in the menu of the world's largest food chain.
McDonald’s Spain will be the first restaurant chain to include Pacifical skipjack tuna certified by the Marine Stewardship Council on their national menu.
The Marine Stewardship Council or MSC is the world's leading certification program for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.
Pacifical, is the marketing and sales organization for the 8 Pacific countries that are Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).
Pacifical is supplying Frinsa del Noroeste, a leading European tuna processor located in Spain.
The deal means that McDonald's Spain will use fish cooked and cleaned in Papua New Guinea and the Marshall Islands.
Solomon Islands is expected to start processing Pacifical tuna soon.
The McDonald’s sale is expected to create thousands of jobs in PNA countries.
The Pacifical tuna will be transported to Spain, the largest fish processing nation in Europe, to be packed and delivered to McDonald’s.
The arrangement comes after McDonald’s announced a commitment to buy all food and packaging from sustainable sources.
Since 2013 all white fish served by McDonald’s globally in its Filet-o-fish sandwiches has been sourced from MSC certified fisheries.
“In Spain, we are very proud to announce that the skipjack tuna, which we serve as part of our salad range, is now also MSC certified”, says Ignacio Blanco-Traba, Sr. Director Sustainable Sourcing at McDonald's Corporation.
“We congratulate McDonald’s for highlighting the importance of sustainable catching methods and taking a leading step within the fast food industry,” says Henk Brus, Managing Director of Pacifical.
Pacifical tuna is from nets set only on free swimming schools of adult skipjack tuna.
Fishing on free schools reduces by-catch to the lowest level and ensures that the tuna caught is predominately of mature size rather than vulnerable juvenile fish.
Independent MSC trained onboard observers monitor and record all fishing operations according to the strictest MSC chain of custody standards.
Total traceability and chain of custody, from sea to plate, is guaranteed.
“This new commitment by McDonald's Spain to introduce MSC certified tuna, is a strong positive signal for tuna fisheries that are working towards sustainability and recognition of the top performance of the PNA nations,” says Laura Rodríguez Zugasti, Program Director of Marine Stewardship Council in Spain and Portugal.
Around 40% of the world supply of skipjack comes from the waters of the PNA, which makes the Pacific island nations the single most important source of raw material for the global tuna industry.
By January 2016, more than 490 McDonald's restaurants will offer MSC certified tuna in their “Tuna Mediterranean Salad.
SOURCE: FIJI TV/PACNEWS
Pacific Islands News Association
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