The importance of industry accreditations

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According to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), around a third of all seafood traded globally is not what it says it is. In what is known as seafood fraud, many companies will illegally fish or underreport their catch, undercut sustainable fishing practices by reducing prices, or even mislabel their catch.

Many companies will also make wonderful claims about their business, using terms like “sustainable” and “environmentally conscious”…but it’s the accreditation that does the talking.

Here, we outline why confirming your supplier has industry accreditations is so important when buying Southern Bluefin Tuna.

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Protecting the Southern Bluefin Tuna

The Southern Bluefin Tuna fishing industry has a chequered past that must be acknowledged. From 1950 – 1980, drastic changes to fishing efficiency saw line and pole fishing replaced by purse seine methods, the introduction of chumming boats, and the arrival of spotter planes to locate schools of Southern Bluefin Tuna from the air.

By 1982, the levels of Southern Bluefin Tuna in the Great Australian Bight had plummeted to unprecedented (and unsustainable) levels. Despite warnings from biologists, this overfishing continued and led to disastrous consequences.

In the hopes of preventing further decline and allowing the Southern Bluefin Tuna time to recover, the Federal Government introduced Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) in 1984. The years following saw drastic reductions in Southern Bluefin Tuna catch and in 1994 the Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) was signed.

At Dinko, we are deeply committed to protecting the environment for generations to come. And we believe by preserving tuna fish stocks we can play our part in creating a sustainable future. We are fully accredited with the MSC, the Commission for the Conversation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT), Friend of the Sea, and Dolphin Safe.

The Marine Stewardship Council

MSC accreditation is recognised worldwide as the gold standard to aspire to. As an international non-profit, the MSC is on a mission to end overfishing and restore fish stocks for future generations – something we are very passionate about here at Dinko Seafoods.

If an organisation holds MSC accreditation, it confirms the fishery is well-managed and is working to sustain resources and livelihoods for future generations. Importantly, it also means the fishery is meeting the world’s most recognised benchmark for sustainability: the MSC Fisheries Standard.

The MSC Fisheries Standard is based on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) code of conduct for responsible fisheries and is developed in consultation with a range of people and organisations around the world, including government academics, researchers, the fishing industry and NGOs.

We are proud to be accredited with MSC and to display the label on our products to show that we meet international fishery standards for fish stocks, minimising our environmental impact and effect management.

Commission for the Conversation of Southern Bluefin Tuna

The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for the management of Southern Bluefin Tuna throughout its distribution. The Commission’s objective is to ensure, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilisation of Southern Bluefin Tuna.

Members of the Extended Commission are: Australia, the European Union, the Fishing Entity of Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand and South Africa.

Friend of the Sea

Dinko Seafoods is accredited by Friend of the Sea, the only sustainable fisheries certification program recognised and supervised globally by a national accreditation body.

Several benchmarks have confirmed the strength and reliability of the Friend of the Sea certification and chain of custody.

Yearly audits are carried out onsite by independent international certification bodies in consultation with stakeholders, against the strict Friend of the Sea environmental sustainability and social accountability criteria.

Dolphin Safe

Dinko Seafoods is one of very few Australian seafood suppliers who have membership to the Earth Island Institute Dolphin Safe Tuna program.

Since the program was launched in 1990 dolphin deaths in tuna nets have reduced by 99%. And we are proud to be part of driving that change in keeping dolphins safe in the tuna farming process.

As a member of the Dolphin Safe program, our equipment, procedures and policies are assessed annually by the Earth Island Institute.

Make a sustainable seafood choice with Dinko

As pioneers in global tuna farming practice, we use a self-managed and sustainable approach to all our processes. Passionate about ensuring a sustainable future for the fish we farm, our fishing practices are all about sustainability – we want many generations to come to enjoy them as much as we do.

The result for you is a premium quality product, every time.

To make a wholesale order, contact us today.