Sustainability

South Pacific Tuna Corporation is committed to science-based conservation and stock management measures. As a U.S. flag operation, we proudly operate under the most stringent standards of all distant water fleets. We also proactively partner with both the United States National Marine Fisheries Service and the Regional Fisheries Management Organization. Additionally, we are dedicated to the long-term viability of global fishery stocks, as well as raising the industry bar on sound environmental stewardship practices. View and download our sustainability brochure.

Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability 

Fisheries Management and Preservation

As a trusted source of sustainable seafood, SPTC’s approach to fisheries management is founded in science. By practicing and advocating for science-based initiatives, we are advancing the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks and the promotion of ecosystem health, including bycatch reduction.

Boosting the Local Economy

Our fleet operations provide safe, fair and reliable employment opportunities, which provide a boost to the local economies of the Western Pacific Island Nations.

Vessel and Operations Standards

SPTC vessels adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the United States government, as well as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). These rules provide marine mammal protection and ocean closure periods.

 

U.S. governance is under the strict oversight of the National Marine Fisheries Service, which is mandated under U.S. law and guarantees sustainability to ensure fishery stocks, whether in U.S.  or International waters. The interaction of the entire U.S. Fleet with this agency is critical to maintaining our leadership position in the Global Fisheries.

 

SPTC adheres to regulatory safety and operational inspections, documentation, standards for crew, and elevated standards of our licensed officers. The entire SPTC fleet must meet all standards as established under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Additionally, SPTC is now the largest US Flag operator on the listing of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s (ISSF) Proactive Vessel Register. View our ISSF anti-shark finning policy here (PDF).

 

We are ever-mindful of the impact fishing methods have on our ecosystem, which is why we champion and adhere to the highest levels of regulatory compliance as set forth by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MFCMA) and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).