Japan Firm Certified Sustainable for Bluefin Tuna

Japan Firm Certified Sustainable for Bluefin Tuna

A Japanese fishery has been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable for bluefin tuna fishing, the first such certification ( Learn more ) worldwide. 
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Certified Sustainable
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The fishery, Usufuku Honten Co., is based in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, in the northeast of Japan. The MSC label indicates that the fishery takes all requisite measures to ensure sustainability for the bluefin tuna.
Despite its location in Japan, Usufuku Honten Co. harvests bluefin tuna in their native range in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Although the bluefin tuna is endangered, in the eastern Atlantic they have been doing well: their populations are recovering thanks to successful conservation efforts. 
The MSC’s decision to certify Usufuku Honten comes after assessing all of the fishery’s activities, including its distribution management, and ascertaining that they do in fact meet global standards for sustainable fishing.
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A Commitment to Sustainability 
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Usufuku Honten’s President Sotaro Usui explained that the company is deeply concerned about rampant illegal fishing wherever it occurs in the world’s waters. According to Usui, many products of dubious origin make it to Japanese markets, and the company hopes that the certification will lead to “a deeper understanding of the need for sustainable seafood ( Learn more ).” 
The company plans to sell its sustainably-harvested bluefin tuna products, now with the MSC label, both in Japan and in the United States. 
This decision has not come without opposition. There are some environmentalist groups who argued during the screening process that it is not yet a good time to hand out sustainability certifications, given the still-recovering state of the bluefin tuna population. 
However, an independent legal expert assessed the company’s sustainability measures and found that they reflected concerns over sustainable harvest of the bluefin tuna. 
 

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