Supporting responsibly sourced tuna from the Maldives
Through our partnership with WWF, John West Australia has invested in the scientific development of a new tuna stock assessment modelling system, which will help the Maldives pole and line Skipjack tuna fishery maintain its MSC certification and increase the availability of sustainable tuna.
To date, this project has seen the fishery maintain MSC certification for skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis), the most important species economically. Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) is poised to follow.
As part of the John West Conservation Program, we are supporting the training and sampling activities of three two-person teams, deployed at several ports in the Maldives archipelago.
The activities of these teams will improve data-collection across the Maldives tuna fishery, which is important because accurate and timely information on tuna catches underpins the effective management of tuna stocks in the Indian Ocean.