Sustainability

Sustainability

Who We Are

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.


We are dedicated to the long-term viability of global fishery stocks, as well as raising the industry bar on sound environmental stewardship practices.


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).

FAD Policy

South Pacific Tuna Corporation requires its vessel operators to read (and sign to that effect), and more importantly employ these standards to the greatest degree practicable when operating in the western Pacific (WCPO). The following best practices for FAD management, identified in ISSF Technical Report 2019-11, “Recommended Best Practices for FAD management in Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries”. View our FAD policy here (PDF).

 

Non-Entangling FAD (NEFAD) Policy

South Pacific Tuna Corporation (SPTC) is committed to sustainable tuna harvest practices. As of April 18th 2017, all six (6) SPTC managed-purse seine vessels have been distributed the ISSF Guide for Non-Entangling FADs. Read our full NEFAD Policy here (PDF) for additional details.